Although the record books won't show that Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game against the Indians last week, there's no denying that it was a historical moment for baseball. Aside from the fact that it may be the straw that breaks the camel's back in regards to expanding replay, the moment itself is one that fans will never forget. It would have been amazing for a third perfect game to be thrown this early in the season, but more people will end up remembering Galarraga's almost-perfect game than the actual perfect games Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay threw.â†µ
Based on everything that happened, it's no surprise that the Baseball Hall of Fame wanted some items from that night to showcase in Cooperstown. As a result, the Hall sent a request to the Tigers, and the team ended up sending first base, Galarraga's spikes and a ball from the game to Cooperstown.â†µ
The shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., is “dedicated to documenting the game’s seminal moments, and this is clearly an intersection of baseball in American culture and society,” Horn said.â†µ
Saying this is an intersection of baseball in American culture is an understatement. Perfect games are huge stories in the sports world, but they don't usually become national stories, especially since we've had two this year already. Losing a perfect game on a blown call, however, made Armando Galarraga the focus of a national story for a few days.