The baseball-loving world is in an uproar over Armando Galarraga‘s perfect game being taken away by a bad call by umpire Jim Joyce.
Yes, Joyce had it in his power to end it then and there, and the replays certainly prove that. But at the same time, what was shortstop Jason Donald doing busting his ass at that point of the game?
While some may commend such hustle, I call it being selfish. The young shortstop was recently called up to take the place of Asdrubal Cabrera, who was smart enough to break his arm and not have to endure the majority of the season with the lowly Cleveland Indians. But what the hell is he doing barreling down the line with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, playing for a cellar dweller? Donald just HAD to chase individual glory by recording an infield single to go 1-3 for the game.
From a franchise that reared the uninspired base-running prowess of Manny Ramirez into the league, I would expect much better.