It’s not everyday CivSource weighs in on sports – in fact, we never weigh in on sports. However, a yesterday’s proclamation issued by Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm gave us the chance. The refusal of MLB commissioner Bud Selig rto give Armando Galarraga his perfect game prompted the Governor to take matters into her own hands and proclaim that as she sees it, it was a perfect game.
“Whereas, pitching a perfect game is considered one of the crowning achievements of sport, attained only 20 times in the history of Major League Baseball; and,
“Whereas, a perfect game is defined as when a pitcher or pitchers retire each batter during the course of a game lasting at least nine innings; and,
“Whereas, Armando Galarraga retired all 27 players in order, a feat no Tigers pitcher has ever accomplished; and,
“Whereas, an umpire’s missed call resulted in Armando Galarraga being charged a hit that clearly should have been an out; and,
“Whereas, the umpire graciously admitted his mistake after the game ended; and,
“Whereas, video replays unmistakably show Galarraga to have retired all batters;
“Now, Therefore, be it Resolved 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.”
As huge baseball fans we agree. Good game Armando.