Wednesday, I came home after a fun, but tiring day with my grandson. I wanted to grab something to eat and watch some TV. I tried to get the Detroit Tigers game. For some reason the station wasn't coming in. Well it was a gloomy day. Maybe that was it. So I put on a DVD, Howard Keel telling all about the making of the movie "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers." I was near the end when my husband called and asked if I was watching the game. I said I tried, etc, etc. He said one of our pitchers, Armando Galarraga was in the 8th inning and had a no-hitter going. I said O.K., I'd try again. So, I tried both T.V.s and couldn't get the game on either station. My movie was shot. So I did dishes and light work until my husband came home. His first words were, "he was robbed." Then I learned the story. Not only did Armando have a no-hitter going, but it was a perfect game (no walks. I just learned that.) The umpire called the very last person safe at home, ending the whole thing. Then, the pitcher got one more perfect out and we won, 3-0. The replay showed that the person at first was clearly out.
I don't know how much attention this story is getting outside of Detroit. We here, were all talking about it yesterday. Some were angry. Many were just glad that the "robbed" pitcher and the manager acted like such gentlemen. I am happy about that. Everyone is sad. Even the Cleveland Indians, the opponents, seemed sad. And now it is decided that there will be no reversal of the call.
There was a time when Roger Maris' home run record had an asterisk on it because the season then was longer that the one where the first record stood. The asterisk has since been removed, but not in Roger's lifetime. I hope that if they ever do give Armando the game, he will live to see it.
Now I have a question for all of my friends who write romances. Certainly some of your characters are sports fans. No? Are you sure? If this scenario happened to their beloved team, what would they do? Would they write a letter to the editor? Would they be happy for the great game and forget it, or somewhere in between? I don't want to know what you think about this situation this time. What would your characters think? Have fun with this.