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Galarraga Perfect After All

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Armando Galarraga didn't need some written proclamation from the commissioner to confirm what he did, to know what it meant, to know where it stands in history. Technically and officially, Galarraga didn't pitch a perfect game Wednesday, that's how the record book will treat it.

OK, fine.

What he did might be better.

What happened is still historic, and will end up even more famous and special because of how it happened, and how everyone reacted. Honest to goodness, I think Galarraga is now a greater symbol of sportsmanship, for his genuine sympathy toward umpire Jim Joyce and his basic understanding of human error.

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