• Major League Busybodies

      Many sports fans are outraged by the blown call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a “perfect game."  Heartbroken fans, players, and coaches have called upon the league to reverse the call. But when MLB Commissioner Bud Selig refused to overturn it, enter the grandstanding politicians:

      Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm claims that Armando Galarraga did, in fact, pitch a perfect game. And her office sent out a shiny press release to prove it:

      “Now, Therefore, be it Resolved that I, Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby declare Armando Galarraga to have pitched a perfect game, and I join Tigers fans all across the globe in saluting his unassailable accomplishment — the first perfect game in Tigers history.”

      Thank heavens for Governor Granholm.  Without her declaration, we’d never know that it was a perfect game.

      I’m surprised Congress isn’t getting involved.  Oh, wait, they are:

      Upon his return to Washington following the current district work period, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI) will introduce a resolution calling on Major League Baseball to overturn the call on the field that spoiled Armando Galarraga’s perfect game.

      …“This is the right thing to do.”

      No, it’s the wrong thing to do. The MLB’s decision is their decision.  Baseball is a private business.  If Selig’s decision was bad, it will hurt his business.  Fans will protest.

      Congressman Dingell has the right to be upset in private, but Congress has no business meddling with private business.