Austin Jackson made a beyond amazing catch to get the first out in the ninth inning, keeping Armando Galarraga's Perfect Game in tact. Galarraga got the second out on a simple ground out. Then this happened.
I don't want to blame Jim Joyce. He knows it. As he told reporters:
"I don't know what to do, I cost that kid a perfect game."
The pictures show it clearly - shortstop Jason Donald was out at first base. Armando Galarraga made 27 consecutive outs. He threw a Perfect Game.
The record books won't show it, but that's not to say that Galaragga's chance to be a part of history is gone.
Bud Selig and Major League Baseball need to take this chance to expand instant replay in baseball. Any call should be up for review. Worried about taking up time? Just use the NFL's system of limiting appeals.
We've seen botched calls greatly effect playoff game outcomes, and now we've seen them take away one of the finest accomplishments a pitcher can ever achieve. I don't want to see it again.
You can look at Jason Donald's face after he was called safe at first base. You can look at the shocked smirk by Galarraga after he heard the "safe" call. And you can read it between the words of umpire Jim Joyce.
This can't happen again.