Friday, June 04, 2010

06/04 Quickie: Imperfect, Finals, Pac-16

I needed closure in today's SN column on the Galarraga-Joyce story, which I think is one of the best of the year -- and one of the best baseball stories in years.

I am a huge fan of a comprehensive instant-replay system in baseball. I am against Bud Selig overturning the call to give Galarraga a perfect game.

But those are secondary ideas, relative to the larger lesson of sportsmanship -- a social compact that had to be met by both participants:

Galarraga had to not flip out over the call; he didn't, remarkably. Joyce had to not deny he made the wrong call; he didn't, to his credit.

It all culminated with that meeting at home plate yesterday. It was the epitome of sportsmanship in sports -- and the perfect lesson for the Imperfect Game.

More you'll find in today's column:

*Suddenly, the Celtics look tired.

*The Pac-16? Why would Texas go there, when they could go to the Big Ten or SEC?

*My pick to win the Spelling Bee is already out. Drat.

This post is already 6 hours late. Tons more in today's column. I'm headed down to Georgia for a wedding this weekend, but should be posting tomorrow morning, Sunday afternoon and throughout the weekend on Twitter.

-- D.S.

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