Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga receives Chevrolet Corvette from GM after getting robbed of a perfect game

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.

Source: Detroit News

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  (216) posted on 10.15.2010

That’s nice for the pitcher, but what about the Umpire? Maybe GM can get him a "Free Pair" of glasses at LensCrafters ® or something.

  (340) posted on 10.13.2010

Can someone explain to me why someone who makes well over 500k a year needs to have a Corvette given to them? I mean a "I’m sorry card" would have sufficed.

  (325) posted on 06.8.2010

Congratulations! Well, that is a perfect game and I think that chevrolet corvette is really a gift for your talented pitching.

  (647) posted on 06.8.2010

Actually, if you serve in the Armed Forces, you can get some discounts from Ford, GM, Chrysler, and Harley, and although most definitely not a free ’Vette, is nothing to scuff at either.

  (708) posted on 06.7.2010

Wow! that is really a gift super car. Well, I think he really do it better to make it a perfect game.

  (798) posted on 06.7.2010

I agree.. to be the best you must beat the best.. and the best will always get what is the best.

  (504) posted on 06.6.2010

Nice. This is a very nice gift for a perfect swing.

  (16) posted on 06.6.2010

We all know that Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game. The baseball officials who refuse to correct the record all know it as well, but, hey, when you are in a position of authority, it is all about maintaining your image of authority and infallibility.

The umpire that made the bad call has enough integrity to admit his mistake; however, those above him in the hierarchy are less gifted in the integrity department. These baseball officials fail to realize that in refusing to correct the error that denies Armando Galarraga’s accomplishment, they are damaging the image of baseball WAY more than other "issues" such as steroids and such.

Shame on you, baseball officials, it is NOT all about you!!!

I’m very impressed with how Armando Galarraga has handled this situation. He has class. My hat is off to GM and Mark Reuss for their kindness and generosity. If you have another Corvette that needs a home, I’d be glad to retire my 25 year old Porsche smiley

In conclusion, I’d like to say: Congratulations Armando Galarraga on your perfect game!

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