June 2 in sports history: ‘I kicked the &#%!@?! out of it’

Here’s a look back at notable sports news on June 2 through the years.


2010: If there ever was a baseball game perfect for replay to review calls on the bases, this was it. 

Against the Indians in Detroit, Armando Galarraga of the Tigers retired the first 26 batters. The next batter, Jason Donald, grounded to first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who threw accurately and on time to Galarraga covering first. 

Game over! The Comerica Park crowd went nuts!

Perfect game! 

Ah, no. 

Umpire Jim Joyce ruled Donald safe — it was a weak single, breaking up the perfect game and no-hitter. Afterward, Joyce admitted he made the wrong call. “I kicked the (expletive) out of it,” he told Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press. (Expanded instant replay to cover such a call was approved in 2014.)

When told by Rosenberg that Joyce said he blew the call, Galarraga was diplomatic. 

“Tell him no problem. I can go tell him,” he said, smiling. “I should probably talk to him. It will be better.” But in his heart, the right-hander knew he was perfect: “It’s not official, but I got one.”

Recently, the game made headlines again when Galarraga told The Athletic he would like MLB to credit him with a perfect game.

Published at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:55:21 +0000

Source: https://www.yardbarker.com/mlb/articles/june_2_in_sports_history_i_kicked_the_out_of_it/s1_13132_32105231