Even here in New York, the biggest topic of discussion this morning was last night’s near perfect game in Detroit.
Jim Joyce blew the call and cost Armando Galarraga his moment in history.
“Nobody’s perfect,” Galarraga said.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi remains against instant replay on the bases, but in this case, he thinks an exception might be appropriate.
“I don’t know if I’m in favor of it for base calls because I think it might slow the game down an awful lot,” Girardi said. “But as I said yesterday, I think unique circumstances like yesterday, it might something Major League Baseball looks at.”
Both Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson disagreed. Replay or reversal in this situation would only be the beginning, they said. If this is where it starts, where does it stop?
“You’re going to have everybody call in and say, our runner was safe this inning, our pitcher threw a strike this time, the guy did swing or he didn’t swing,” Granderson said. “We could go back as far as we have video of baseball games and start changing calls.”
What’s been interesting has been the reaction from within baseball. Fans are fighting mad, but the players and managers don’t seem angry. They’re upset, naturally, but they feel bad for Joyce. Even Galarraga told Joyce not to worry about it.
“I feel bad for Jim Joyce,” Jeter said. “I mean, he’s one of the most respected and best umpires in the league, so you feel bad for him. But, he’s human.”
The Detroit Free Press has a ton of great stuff on the game. Check it out.
UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: Here’s Girardi’s pregame media session. It’s primarily about replay and the events in Detroit.
• Girardi said the decision to play Francisco Cervelli again is primarily because Cervelli is so young. “When I was young, day games after night games didn’t bother me,” he said. It helps that Cervelli had Friday and Sunday off.
• That said, “(Cervelli) will get a day off this weekend,” Girardi said.
• The Yankees are looking for CC Sabathia to rebound from some bad outings. Girardi said the issue has been unusual cutting action on Sabathia’s fastball and changeup. “That’s somewhat of a mechanical issue, getting over your front leg,” Girardi said.
• On days Jorge Posada is able to catch, Girardi said he will use the DH spot to rest his regulars. He will not move someone else into that spot as a regular DH. Makes it sound even more like Posada is the team’s primary DH now, not just a catcher who happens to be DHing for the time being.
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