29 April 2005: RHP Armando Galarraga (40) of the Potomac Nationals, Class A Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals, taken at Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Va. in a game against the Frederick Keys. Photo by Tom Priddy.
Every baseball fan in the country now knows when a perfect game is about to be delivered. With Twitter, Facebook, mobile devices and 24-hour MLB.TV you can follow the action no matter where it occurs.
I heard the news and switched the channel just a few days ago to witness the final outs of Roy Halladay’s perfect game on the MLB channel, and did the same thing last night for Armando Galarraga’s perfecto — sort of.
And like every baseball fan in the country I felt sick to my stomach when the final out was not correctly called.
I was personally rooting for Armando last night because I photographed him in 2005 in Class A Carolina League ball. One of my photos from this series (above) was on his baseball card that year.
I was proud of him when all he did was smile a pained grin when he saw the call. I have to admit I was not so controlled.