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Taco John
06-06-2010, 09:16 PM
Congressman Introducing Resolution Pushing Baseball to Award Armando Galarraga Perfect Game After Blown Call

Rep. John D. Dingell, Democrat of Michigan, today announced that he plans to introduce a resolution calling on Major League Baseball to reverse its decision not to award Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game by a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce with two outs in the ninth inning.

"Jim Joyce missed the call, but because he admitted it, we have a leg to stand on in our case to Major League Baseball," Dingell said in a statement. "Baseball's executives have corrected a mistake on the field in a regular season game before - the pine tar game. This is the right thing to do and if getting this resolution passed makes it easier, I'm glad to help."

Meanwhile, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, also a Democrat, also called on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to give Galarraga the "perfect" designation.

"Last night's performance deserves its place in the record books," she said. "It is clear that Commissioner Selig should make an exception in this case and invoke the 'best interests of the game clause' to reflect Armando Galarraga's perfect game for the Detroit Tigers."

A pitcher earns a perfect game if he retires every batter who comes to the plate through nine innings. Galarraga was one out away from the rare exceedingly achievement (though it has happened twice already this season) when Joyce called Cleveland's Jason Donald safe at first base on a ground ball. Replayed clearly showed the runner was out.

"In my eyes, Galarraga is already part of a special and exclusive group - for this has only happened 21 times before in the long history of Major League Baseball," Dingell said today. "In fact, you could argue he's in a class by himself - the only pitcher to face 28 hitters in a perfect game."

Major League Baseball league indicated today it would not reserve the call, according to Associated Press and CBS News sources. Selig did say that the league will review video replay procedures.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also urged Major League Baseball to award the perfect game today. With tongue in cheek, Gibbs said he was speaking with the "full weight of the federal government" in making the appeal.

On Twitter, meanwhile, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared a perfect game for Galarraga regardless of baseball's decision. She also issued a proclamation stating that "I, Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby declare Armando Galarraga to have pitched a perfect game, and I join Tigers fans all across the globe in saluting his unassailable accomplishment -- the first perfect game in Tigers history."


Taco John
06-06-2010, 09:18 PM
Big government blows.

06-06-2010, 09:24 PM
I feel really bad for that player but this is not the govt's place. Who do they think they are? If they do this, then what next? Gawd! They are so full of themselves and their divine righteousness.

The upside to this is that another Democrat is not whining about someone who is unable. I mean they're actually defending a winner! Can you believe that?

Lex Luthor
06-06-2010, 09:44 PM
I like it when the government spends their time debating things like this. It beats the hell out of them passing new laws like, say, socialized health care.

06-06-2010, 09:58 PM
It's silly... BUT it isn't that far out there since Congress does have jurisdiction over the MLB due to it's anti-trust exemption.

06-06-2010, 09:59 PM
As much as I like to say "what a retarded waste of time", I'm sure that took maybe 1 minute off the agenda.

Sure, they shouldn't be doing this stuff from a PR standpoint but half of what Congress does shouldn't be done from a PR standpoint.

06-06-2010, 10:05 PM
It's silly... BUT it isn't that far out there since Congress does have jurisdiction over the MLB due to it's anti-trust exemption.

Yeah but that doesn't seem to be a grant of power to micromanage.
I hear this argument all the time.....well it's anti-trust. What does this have to do with trust violations?

06-07-2010, 12:50 AM
Another waste of tax dollars.

06-07-2010, 05:14 AM
I'm embarrassed for them.

06-07-2010, 06:51 AM
Wow. Just, wow.

Dingell berry.

Garcia Bronco
06-07-2010, 07:11 AM
It's funny to think about: Of all the wrongs that need to be righted in our country, this on the list? What about all those bankers and investment guys and C-level execs that have robbed the people? I guess this is the era of baseball justice.

06-07-2010, 07:21 AM
Need to Tax Baseball for being such big baseball and making so much money.

06-07-2010, 07:21 AM
This is ridiculous! Baseball has a commissioner, he didnt think it was worth overturning. No reason for the government to get involved. There is plenty of things the government should be dealing with.

06-07-2010, 07:34 AM
I hope Michigan takes note and ousts Dingleberry. This guy is a clown.

06-07-2010, 07:43 AM
I don't really get it anyway. The commissioner doesn't designate a game perfect.
It's not like he comes down with a piece of paper and says, "I proclaim this game perfect, and it shall be noted as Perfect in the records."

06-07-2010, 07:44 AM
:spock: :shake:

06-07-2010, 09:40 AM
why...just WHY does the govt have to step in over this.?

06-07-2010, 10:26 AM
why...just WHY does the govt have to step in over this.?

No one is debating this, or proposing legislation on this. It's just a meaningless resolution. Is it stupid? Yes. Does Congress (both parties) pass thousands of these meaningless honorary resolutions every year? Yes.

That's why it's a RESOLUTION and not a BILL.

Radar Chief
06-07-2010, 10:30 AM
Of all the wrongs that need to be righted in our country, this on the list?

ROFL We are so fucked. :banghead:

06-07-2010, 11:54 AM

06-07-2010, 01:01 PM
don't you guys think our government is capable of doing more than one thing at a time? They need to do this and get a college football playoff instituted too. /dumbasses