UPDATE: 6/3/2010 AT BOTTOM

By now you’ve seen the video. Umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call that not only ruined a perfect game, but insured that his name would go down in baseball lore as the ump who made the worst call ever. It can be fixed. But will it? Will Bud Selig reverse Jim Joyce’s blown call and rightfully award Armando Galarraga with a perfect game? Perfect games are hard to come by (maybe not this month), but Selig can do the right thing for all involved.

The power to reverse Joyce’s blown call lies solely with Commissioner Bud Selig. The weight he is no doubt feeling must be tremendous. But for the good of Armando Galarraga and certainly for Jim Joyce, reverse the call, give Galarraga his perfect game.

The baseball purist in me says let it stand. There is no instant replay in baseball, sometimes mistakes are made. Umpires are human too; they screw up. Jim Joyce’s blown call is perhaps the worst call in the history of blown calls in the history of history. I feel for Jim Joyce. I feel for Armando Galarraga. Sometimes that’s just the way it is.

Someone wins, someone loses, a mistake is made and justice is not served. Bud Selig can make sure that justice is served.

Joyce has already owned up to the mistake. He’s apologized to Galarraga, Galarraga has graciously accepted; even though deep down he knows that a once in a lifetime experience was taken away from him by a mistake. By human error. Jim Joyce’s blown call was human error, nothing more, nothing less. Had he had the time to react he no doubt would have called the runner out. But it was a bang, bang play with just seconds to react; seconds to make a call, right or wrong, seconds to blow a call, perfect game or not.

Commissioner Bud Selig has heard the outcry by now. He knows what he must do to set things right. But will he? Many times baseball has been used as a metaphor for life. And true, we’ve all experienced in life what Armando Galarraga experienced last night. Injustice. We’ve had it in the palm of our hands, with our grasp only to have it snatched away. And yes we’ve all experienced what Jim Joyce experienced last night. A mistake. We’ve all made mistakes and wished we had the opportunity to make it right. Never getting the chance. Will Bud Selig reverse Jim Joyce’s blown call, awarding a perfect game to Armando Galarraga? Let’s hope so, for all involved. Let’s hope so for Bud Selig, or else he will forever go down as the man who could have administered justice and refused to.

UPDATE 6/3/2010: The Associated Press is reporting that Selig will not reverse Joyce’s blown call. Such is life I suppose.