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Having Solved All Michigan’s Other Problems, Congress, Governor Intervene in ‘Perfect Game’ Flap

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By Doug Powers  •  June 3, 2010 02:47 PM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

You’d be hard-pressed to find anybody more disappointed than me at the blown call that cost the Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga a perfect game last night, however, while you’d hope that our politicians would have something a little more pressing to take care of, I’m sort of happy they seem distracted from their usual business of ruining business.

A friend of mine just emailed: “Your governor can’t save the economy or a single job in your state, but she tries to save a perfect game.”

Yep, that’s how we roll:

Michigan politicians are pratically falling over themselves trying to make sure Wednesday night’s effort by Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga be recognized as a perfect game.

No word yet, however, from the White House and President Barack Obama on the blown call that cost Galarraga perfection.

On the other hand, Obama has some pretty big things on his plate already.

After Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued a proclamation declaring Galarraga’s effort a perfect game, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, weighed in, urging Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to invoke his authority to do what is the best interests of the game and decare this one perfect.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, Dearborn Democrat, said he will introduce a resolution in Congress calling on MLB to overturn the call on the field that spoiled the perfect game on the last out in the 9th against the Cleveland Indians.

Too bad the rest of us in Michigan can’t appeal to Bud Selig to overturn all the blown calls that this bunch has made. Dingell, Stabenow and Granholm have played the part of this umpire on a daily basis for years — except without the apology — so you’d think they’d have more empathy for a baseball umpire who still gets it right more than they do 99.9% of the time.

What will be Granholm, Dingell and Stabenow’s suggestion for a solution? Instant replay? Nah… probably some sort of “blown call tax.”

If you missed the play, click the pic below to see the video.

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Update: Robert Gibbs, answering a question from a reporter, said he hoped Selig would reverse the call (the question was about the Romanoff job offers, but hey, it’s a start), but now Selig is saying he will not. Somebody get him in to testify before Congress… again.

Update II: Looks like Galarraga and the ump patched things up today.

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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