Today in Washington D.C., Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear." It looks like hundreds of thousands of people were in attendance for the event, which featured The Roots, John Legend, Cat Stevens, Ozzy Osbourne and Kid Rock, just to name a few of the performers. As the guest list suggests, music was a big part of the event, as was comedy that you would usually only get to see on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.â†µ
This event is a parody of some of the political-oriented rallies that were held in D.C. earlier in the year, and it is pitting Stewart and sanity against Colbert and fear. As part of the event and to stay true to his side of this satirical debate, Stewart handed out "Medal of Reasonableness" awards for "individuals who demonstrated rationality." Interestingly, the first award of the day went to Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga for how he handled the whole non-perfect game/blown call incident with Jim Joyce.â†µ
Galarraga appeared at the rally via satellite from Venezuela, accepting the award that serves as more recognition of how well he handled the whole situation. While most would have probably blown a gasket after seeing Joyce call the runner safe, Galarraga kept his cool and was very nice about the whole thing. He certainly handled it a lot better than I would have, and he's very deserving of the recognition, especially at an event where so many people were watching.