June 11, 2010
I've been thinking about that almost perfect game pitched by Armando Galarraga last week. He truly deserved the honor of being recognized for that feat. But that was taken from him. I think what impresses me the most about the whole incident is the way Galarraga accepted the loss, hugging the visibly shaken ump who made the blown call ... speaking up for him after the game ... saying that he'll tell his son that although its not in the books he once pitched a perfect game. Pitching a perfect game is something remarkable, but I think his graceful accepting of his loss is even more remarkable. Everyone would benefit from striving to demonstrate that same sort of grace and focus the things that really matter in life, the many gifts in life that can't be acknowledged on a score card.