Armando Galarraga presented with 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport ConvertibleEnlarge Photo
In the world of professional sports, many athletes astound us with their tremendous plays. But to an athlete, it's not enough to make a great play. They want more. They strive for a triple-double, a hole-in-one, or to do something that none of their competitors have ever dreamed of attempting. But of all the achievements in sports, the perfect game stands above the rest. To not only achieve perfection, but maintain it for an entire game signifies true athletic prowess. And Armando Galarraga, the 28-year-old pitcher for the Detroit Tigers nearly accomplished that feat last Wednesday, June 2nd.
Galarraga, robbed of his moment of glory by a controversial call at first base, carried himself like a true sportsman upon learning that the call did not go his way. He did not rant and rave. He did not curse. He just smiled wryly as he walked back to the mound where he struck out the next, and last, batter. Even when veteran umpire Jim Joyce admitted that he had made a mistake, Galarraga took it all in stride, telling reporters: “I give [Joyce] a lot of credit for saying, ‘I need to talk to you...’ I know that I pitched a perfect game.” He even gave the tearful Joyce a hug.
The following day, during a special ceremony prior to the Tigers game, General Motors, a long time sponsor of the Detroit Tigers, recognized Galarraga’s exceptional performance and sportsmanship by presenting him with a brand new 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. And while any young athlete would undoubtedly love to have the 436 horsepower ‘Vette, my guess is that the pitcher would have loved having a perfect game even more.