Umpire Jim Joyce's blown call Wednesday night, which cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game, is already the stuff of legend. Was it the worst blown call in history?
It was the worst blown call in Jim Joyce's history, that's for sure. And surely the worst in Galarraga's until-now ordinary baseball career. Because it merely affected a line in a record book -- Galarraga would have been the 21st pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game, dating to 1880 -- it lacks the historical heft of the greatest officiating mistakes.