Armando Galarraga receives a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
BP's oil leak is still polluting the Gulf, Sex and the City is still making money, and Ke$ha (or [email protected] or whatever she's calling herself this week) is still alive. These things do not give us faith in our Fellow Man. Or Woman.
This, however, does: despite an epically bad call -- like, Donner Party bad -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga has been given a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette convertible for his unofficially perfect game on Wednesday night. Yesterday, GM North American President Mark Reuss made the schlep from company headquarters to Comerica Park to hand off the keys before Galarraga pitched a game against the Cleveland Indians.
Now if he'd just use the damn thing to run down Tila Tequila, we could rest in peace.
* * * * *
Chevrolet Awards Detroit Pitcher New Corvette for Great Performance
DETROIT – Chevrolet today awarded Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a 2010 Corvette convertible, recognizing his outstanding performance on and off the field.
Galarraga retired 26 consecutive Cleveland Indians batters on Wednesday evening. The 27th and final batter, Jason Donald, hit a routine ball in the hole between first and second base. Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera fielded the ball and threw to Galarraga, who stepped on first base, apparently before Donald touched the base and was called safe.
Galarraga kept his cool, returned to the mound and retired the next batter to record a one-hit, 3-0 shutout, throwing just 88 pitches.
GM North American President Mark Reuss, who presented a Chevrolet Corvette to Galarraga at today's game against the Cleveland Indians, said the way the pitcher had handled the incredible events deserved to be recognized regardless of what record books would ultimately show.
Reuss said he had known the Ilitch family, owners of the Detroit Tigers, his whole life and the family has always been a great supporter of General Motors.
"It is only fitting we help give back for all the Ilitches have done for Detroit and to celebrate Armando’s pitching and sportsmanship during one of the most captivating evenings in Tigers history.”