Nobody’s Perfect

One of the rarest feats in baseball is a perfect game. This is when a pitcher retires all 27 batters he faces during a nine-inning game. Not only does the pitcher have to show exceptional skill but also his teammates. If one of them commits an error that allows a batter to reach first base, that eliminates the perfect game. In major league history only 20 perfect games have occurred. So far during the 2010 season, two have already happened. Last night, another perfect game would’ve made the record books if it weren’t for a blown call by an umpire.

Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers retired the first 26 Cleveland Indians he faced. The 27th batter, Jason Donald, hit a ground ball to first base. Miguel Cabrera fielded it and threw it to Galarraga, whose foot hit the bag before Donald’s did. It should’ve been the 21st perfect game in major league history. But umpire Jim Joyce, a 21-year veteran, ruled that Donald was safe. Replays clearly showed that Donald was out. Jim Joyce later acknowledged he missed the call and said, '”I just cost that kid a perfect game.”

What happens when you mess up? Even if nobody else knows of a particular sin you committed, God sees your every move. Are you humble enough to admit you made a mistake?

“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.” - Proverbs 28:13 (Living Bible)


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