By now, you’ve probably seen and heard all about the recent Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians baseball game where Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga’s perfect game was robbed from him after first-base umpire Jim Joyce missed an obscenely obvious call with two outs at the bottom of the ninth inning.
The resulting backlash from the controversial call has been a firestorm, to say the least, but to Galarraga’s credit, he was neither bitter nor resentful at Joyce for taking his perfect game from him. Now, as a sign of how much the perfect game meant to Galarraga and how he handled the fallout afterwards, General Motors is doing its part in lessening the devastating effect of the perfect-game-that-wasn’t by giving Galarraga his very own 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.
Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president and an acquaintance of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, said the Corvette was given not only because of Galarraga’s amazing performance, but, more importantly, because of the gracious way he handled the fallout after getting robbed of a perfect game.
"It is only fitting we help give back for all the Ilitches have done for Detroit and to celebrate Armando’s pitching and sportsmanship during one of the most captivating evenings in Tigers history," Reuss said.
That’s pretty nice of GM to be give Galarraga a Corvette as somewhat of a consolation prize, but as life-long baseball fans, we can tell you how hard it is for a pitcher to get a perfect game in the big leagues so we’re pretty sure that it’s still stewing in the back of the minds of all those involved in that game, especially Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce.
If you haven’t seen how the whole controversy went down, check out the video after the jump and prepare to get shocked.