To the Editor:

Baseball teaches a lot about life. Take for instance the unfortunate bad call by umpire Jim Joyce at a not so close play at first base.

This happened with two outs in the ninth inning.  The runner was clearly out, but in the opinion of the umpire, Jason Donald was called safe. This mistake cost Detroit Tiger pitcher, Armando Galarraga, a perfect game in the record books. It was still a perfect game!

There are many lessons to be learned from this game.  First, if this play had happened in the second inning, it would not have been so dramatic. Timing is a very critical factor in life. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is an example. Some folks think there should be instant replay in baseball, just like football. If there were and that play overruled, then we would not have witnessed the emotion and character of two extraordinary men.  We would not have seen an umpire, with tears on his cheek, apologizing to the pitcher for a blown call nor for the pitcher forgiving the umpire for his mistake.

Although Galarrago was extremely disappointed, and rightfully so, he told Jim Joyce “nobody’s perfect” and graciously accepted the apology. Being able to admit your mistakes and being able to forgive has to come directly from the Bible. In life there are many great and heroic actions that people do and don’t receive credit for it. I guess we have to live with disappointment and the fact “nobody is perfect.”

Bill Quinn
Keizer