Mixed Emotions At Comerica Park Thursday
It was a mixed emotion.
On one hand, there were no hard feelings. Whatever bitterness Galarraga, or the Tigers, displayed directly after his near-perfect game Wednesday night, were like a home run call with Ernie Harwell on the microphone - long gone. Joyce was more than contrite. He was devastated. I talked to people here at Comerica Park Thursday who said he broke down emotionally after the media departed the umpire's room Wednesday.
Galarraga, presented with a sparkling cherry red Corvette Thursday, has made the best of the circumstance. He has become a humble hero, who will long be remembered for sportsmanship. Joyce has become a sympathic figure. How can anyone be that angry at him by this point? He certainly has conceded he missed the call and feels terrible about it.
It's difficult, though, not to imagine what a feel good story this would have been for this area had the perfect game not arbitrarily been denied Galarraga.
This is a good story. In some ways a more compelling tale. It's no longer a bitter story. Sure.
But it's certainly not better than what should have been.
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