We are so used to reading or hearing in the news stories about baseball players and athletes who get arrested, get drunk or get tossed from a game. This week we have one of the best examples of good sportsmanship and all we hear about is how Bud Selig should reverse the call or we should have instant replay. What is lost in this story is the way Galarraga has acted from the moment this whole incident transpired. With a smile and a nod, he continued to pitch after the controversial call. He did not say a word to the umpire. Later he was quoted as saying, "We'er human...we make mistakes". There are only 20 other pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball who have thrown a perfect game. This umpire cost him his perfect game and all he has to say is "We'er human...we make mistakes". What is wrong with this guy? Nothing is wrong with him. He is the best example of true sportsmanship there is. Part of what we teach our league is "ROOTS". One of the "O's" is for Officials. We learn to respect the officials and know that they have a difficult job. Galarraga must practice ROOTS because attitude and graciousness is second to none. We can learn alot from this fine player.
Here are a few stories about his graciousness after the incident.
'Perfect game' pitcher handles call with grace
Joe Girardi compares Tigers pitcher to 'one of the true gentlemen of the game'