Nobody's Perfect
Blog: From the Director, Officials
Posted Friday, July 9, 2010

As he left the office for his assignment to umpire at the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament in North Carolina, MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl quipped, “Just hoping I don’t appear on ESPN.”  It’s Mark’s usual parting comment, for he knows that a good game for an official is one that does not make news.

Perhaps Mark jinxed the situation, because a few hours later, a good Major League Baseball umpire made a bad call, and it became the lead story on ESPN’s Sports Center when it cost our Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Media everywhere, both sports-oriented and otherwise, added comments to the story.  John Meacham did a super job with his angle in the June 14 issue of Newsweek as he contrasted this situation with responses to the Gulf oil spill.  Tom Verducci and Melissa Segura hit a home run with their piece in the June 14 issue of Sports Illustrated titled "A Different Kind of Perfect." One of the best local pieces was on June 3 by Nate Thompson of the Grand Haven Tribune.  It’s titled “It was a bad call, but let’s move on.”  See

As a former English major who has just returned from Dublin, Ireland, home of the literary giant, James Joyce, I have taken special notice of the fact that the now infamous umpire shares the name of the famous poet and novelist, who wrote these words a century ago: 

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today.
I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.”
“Your battles inspire me – not the obvious material battles
but those fought and won behind your forehead.”


# gw
Friday, December 30, 2011 7:30 PM
As a Tiger fan, I enjoyed the words of poet James Joyce.
Friday, December 30, 2011 7:31 PM
Also as a Tigers fan, I think that it is quite coincidental of the names. lol While most people see that game and think of a "bad call" being made, I think of an official who owned up to his responsibilities and fixed things the best way he could...

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