It was perfection, absolute perfection. And then, unbelievably, inconceivably, it wasn't.
This was a flash that will be frozen forever, a moment when incredible athletic achievement met astonishing human failure. It collided in the ninth inning of Armando Galarraga's pitching masterpiece, when one blown umpire call halted history, and created its own.
Galarraga essentially pitched the first perfect game in Tigers history, retiring all 27 Indians batters he faced Wednesday night, except that the 27th batter, Jason Donald, was called safe at first by umpire Jim Joyce. The ump later admitted he missed the call, felt horrible about it and apologized for it.