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Page 8 June 10, 2010 Valley News ' & Views cost that kid a perfect rValley News Sports Jim Royce. That name is going down in infamy unfortunately. Royce is a great umpire with 21 seasons umping in the Major Leagues. He has worked two World Series, two All-Star games, and 11 various playoff series. But none of that matters now, he will always be remembered as the Ump who blew one of the biggest games in Tigers history. Armando Galarraga was just 1 Out away from making Detroit baseball history by being the first pitcher to throw a perfect game. He threw the ball, Jason Donald hit the ball to Miguel Cabrera, Galarraga was already on his way to first to cover the final out. Cabrera flipped the ball to him and touched the bag, he knew he had beat Donald to the bag. A huge smile appeared on his face as he got ready to celebrate, then he turned to Royce and the smile disappeared as he realized he called the runner safe. The runner was out by a whole step and there was undeniable evidence ofitviainstant replay. And oddly enough, instead of going off on Royce, Galarraga put on another smile. As soon as the call was made, Tiger's manager Jim Leyland came running out of the clubhouse to argue the call, but nothing came of it. Gameplay went on. Galarraga went back to the mound while Cabrera continued to argue with Royce as the final out was recorded. Out of everyone, Galaragga seemed the least mad about it. "I don't blame them a bit for anything that was said," Joyce said. "I would're said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would're been the first person in my face, and he never said a word to me." Leyland weighed in after the game. "Emotions were running high for everybody and I think that's why the guys were emotional after the game," Leyland said. "I wish we wouldn't have been, but we were. But I think it's understandable in that case. That's a pretty sacred thing, something like that." Even the runner, Donald, thought that he'd be out. "I didn't know if I beat the throw or not," Donald said. "But given the circumstances, I thought for sure I'd be called out." And you could definitely see it on Donald's face after crossing the first base bag. The whole situation was handled very well by everyone involved. Royce made a face to face apologyto the'perfect' pitcher. "You don't see an umpire after the game come out and say, 'Hey, let me tell you I'm sorry,' " Galarraga said. "He felt really bad." And of course, the infamous Royce feels horrible about it, and the whole baseball world can see that. "It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the [stuff] out of it," Joyce said, looking and sounding distraught as he paced in the umpires' locker room. "I just cost that kid a perfect game." He wasn't 'not' paying attention to the play, nor was he purposely calling the runner safe, he was positive the runner had beaten the throw. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay," Speaking of replay, there has been a lot of talk surrounding expanding instant replay in the game of baseball. Which I have mixed feelings towards. Becauseinstant replayistaking away a huge part of baseball away, the human factor. The way baseball should be, eighteen guys on a baseball field being cheered on by tens of thousands of fans, playing the game. Baseball is one of the only sports that relies on human eyes to call plays. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said he would look into expanding instant replay to cover close calls at the bases. Also he would look into giving the ever so deserving Galarraga his perfect game that he obviously had. "I don't want to be trite here, but it really turned out to be a great stor" Selig said. "You had a pitcher who acted just beautifully. You had an umpire who did what a lot of people in life should do. He told the truth -- 'I screwed up' -- and that was it. And I have undying admiration and respect for Jim Joyce, as I have told him. You have the Tiger fans who acted well, and Jimmy Leyland could not have acted better. I understand all the sadness around it, but I was really proud of baseball. That's as good as any sport has ever confronted a difficult situation, and the credit goes to the parties involved." And a week later, Selig did not award Galarraga the perfect game. Which I agree with to an extent. Will the day after the botched call, Royce was behind the plate for the next Tigers game. Jim Leyland had Galarraga bring out the lineup card to him, they shook hands and that was it. Galarraga whole heartedly forgave Royce for his awful call in his perfect game. On the third game of a four game series with the Mariners (and sure enough, the same day Royce missed that call), me and a lot of the Twins wished we could have had instant replay on the last play of the game as Josh W'flson slid into the second base as umpire Dale Scotts missed the last call of them game. The ump called Wilson safe, and upon further inspection, he was clearly out by quite a bit. But he wasn't out which meant Ryan Langerhans, who was previously on second and never stopped running, scored the winning run. Bad day to be an umpire. But oh well, baseball is baseball. Any questions? Or Comments? Email me at sportscolumn@hotmail.com or vnvsguru@yahoo.com Minnesota Twins Baseball June 10th - June 17th Date Thursday June 10th Friday June 1 lth Saturday June 12th Sunday June 13th Monday June 14th Tuesday June 15th Twins Ms Place Time Televised 7:10 p,m. Royals Home FS-N Braves Home 7:10 p.m. FS-N Braves Home 6:10 p,m. FOX Braves Home 1:10 p.m. WFTC29* OFF Rockies Home 7:10 p.m. FS-N Rockies Home Powerade - 2-32 Ounce Bottles - $2.00 PLAY the North Dakota Lottery HERE! Wednesday June 16th 7:10 p.m, FS-N Thursday June 17th Rockies Home 12:10 pro, No TV *Normally yelevised on FS-N but blacked out in Minnesota End of Season Boy's Track Update by Murph Thompson Blue Knights Take Second at Region II Track Meet The Blue Knights continued the hot streak they began on 5-13 in a cold, wet, and windy Langdon and finished second at the Region II Track Meet. The Blue Knights steady improvement through the weather battered Track and Field Season earned the Boys the Region Second Place Trophy, on Saturday; May 22, 2010 in Grafton. The day was cool and very windy, but the BK Boys pour out everything they had to score 91 points to finish second behind Grafton with 106.5, and ahead of Park River- Fordville- Lankin- Adams-Edmore with 89.5 and Thompson with 89 in a very close team battle. Even with the poor conditions the Blue Knights continued to show improvement and set personal best marks. Robert Copeland was the only Region Champ for BK, with a new DSTV record in the shot put at 47' 6", old record Robert Copeland 5-15-10 at 47'. Marcus Tucker and Chris Marfinson were red ribbon finishers and State Qualifiers alongwith Robert. Tucker was second in the pole vault going 11', limited to only one event in the meet due to a lingering injury. Martinson finished second in the 110 HH with a time of :17.74. Martinson ran a personal best :42. 98 in the 300 Int. H. finishing 3rd, with :42.24 qualifying. Sophomore Nathan Aufenkamp paced the Blue Knights with 19 individual points in the Region. Nathan had best every efforts in the triple jump 39' 3.75" finishing 4th, and the 300 Int. H. :45.11 placing 5th. Nathan was 4th in high jump at 5'4", and 4th in the 110 HH at :17.97. Casey Pederson had great leap in the long jump for a personal best 18' 10". Casey is a senior in his first year of track and has been a huge part of the DSTV team success. Eighth graders Paul Tharalson and Austin Contreras both had efforts equaling their best. Contreras 5' in high jump for 8th, and Tharalson 9' in pole vault finishing 4th. Riley Copeland had his best time in the high hurdles at :19.37 for seventh. DSTV went 2 Martinson, 4 Aufenkamp, 5 Karson Dahl (running with a leg injury), and Riley Copeland 7th in the high hurdles, Tharlason also ran the high hurdles and finished 9th one spot out of placing with a personal best time. The 400 Relay of Pederson, Frank Contreras, Riley Copeland and Dahl had a season best time of :49.28 placing 5th. The BK 400 Relay team was seated 9th with a pervious time of :52.74, the boys had a tremendous effort to make the big move up shaving off over 2 and half seconds. The 800 Relay Team ofPederson, E Contreras, Riley Copeland, and Martinson had an outstanding race missing qualifying for state by less than a second finishing 4th, with a time of 1:40.36, PRFLAE finished in second place with a 1:39.52 and Grafton was 3rd at 1:40.15. The 800 Relay was seated 7th with a 1:42.04 and moved up three places. The entire Blue Knight Team had a great meet, over coming injuries and tough conditions to secure the Second Place trophy. The young men on the team deserve a big pat- on-the-back for their valiant performance. The hard work of the team and coaches Jongetjes and Jackson lead to DSTV Coach Murph Thompson being named Region II Boys Track Coach of Year, by his peers and he thanks them, for time and dedication. Blue Knights Finish Regular Track Season Showing Improvement The DSTV Blue Knights finished the regular season in Track and Field showing improvement. DSTV placed 4th at the Langdon Invitational on Thursda3 May 13th 2010 in terrible weather conditions. Saturday, May 15th saw much better weather conditions and the with most of the team on hand for the very tough Thunder Invitational in Grand Forks the Blue Knight boys put up 71 points finishing 3rd out of 14 teams behind Grand Forks Red River IV and Thompson. BK had a small team at the Grand Forks Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 17th scoring 35 points in a three-way tie for 5th with Hillsboro/Central Valley and Larimore. Many of the BK Boys had personal best efforts over the three meets, which set the stage for a major showing at the Region II Meet. Robert Copeland set a new DSTV record in the shot put at the Thunder Invitational with a State Qualifying toss of 47'. He set a new Meet Record at the Langdon Invitational in very rough conditions with a put of 43' 1.5". Robert capped his stretch of regular season meets off by setting a new DSTV discus record at the Grand Forks Last Chance Meet slinging the disc 136' the old DSTV record was 128' 10" by Jordan Patterson set in 2002. Copeland also won the shot at the Last Chance Meet with a put of 46' 1 ", with Grand Forks Red River thrower Evan Mahar 2nd at 42' 10". Nathan Aufenkamp turned in personal best marks in the triple jump at the Thunder Invite 38' 9"and again at the Last Chance 39'. Nathan had his best mark in the 110 HH at the Thunder Invite with a :17.15. Karson Dahl went 9'6" in pole vault at the Thunder and than 10' at the Last Chance. Dahl also turned in his best time in the 110 HH at Langdon :18.62 and then at the Thunder :18.04. Riley Copeland had personal best time in the 200 at Langdon 5th. Riley also had a personal best :20.69 in the 110 HH and 300 Int. H. at Langdon as well. Eighth graderAustin Contreras had a personal best in the 300 Int. 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