Whether Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig should have awarded Detroit pitcher Armando Gallaraga a perfect game last week despite umpire Jim Joyce's bungled call of what should have been the game's final out is a question for others to argue.
But what WAS perfect about that game was the uncommon, spontaneous grace of everyone involved.
In this era of so many spoiled athletes, how refreshing was it to see Gallaraga's reaction to the play that robbed him of one of the sport's rarest accomplishments? No screaming, obscenities or finger-pointing. Just a bemused smile that revealed his obvious disappointment – and then a return to the mound to retire his 28th batter of the game.
Meanwhile, Joyce – when faced with the indisputable video evidence of his mistake – didn't evade responsibility with any lame excuses. He visited the locker room to ask for Gallaraga's forgiveness face-to-face – and then showed up to work the next day's game, despite being offered the chance to escape the heat by taking a day off.
That's a perfect lesson in how to be a man.
Both Gallaraga and Joyce looked better in this moment of imperfection than anyone ever has in winning a championship. I'll bet most people can't name one of the other two guys who pitched a perfect game this year. But I'll never forget these two guys and the dignified way they handled themselves.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.