cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
There is a real role model in major league sports and his name is Armando Galarraga and he pitches for the Detroit Tigers. He had pitched a perfect game and needed one more out in the ninth inning to seal his place in history…and the umpire blew the call.
In the current era, one would’ve expected a real dust-up at this point, but Galarraga just walked away with a smile on his face and readied himself for the next batter. This while the umpire seemed to show some doubt about the call he had just made.
Television replays showed what seemed to be a mistake by the umpire and yet Galarraga paid little or no attention to it. He just went on doing what he was paid to do.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig then stepped up to the plate to decide if he should overrule the call. He let the call stand apparently thinking that to overrule would’ve threatened the sanctity of the sport.
So, what would’ve been a history-making ballgame is just one more game in the season.
Except…that we have seen a real hero to be emulated by our children and our grandchildren. His name is Armando Galarraga and he pitches for the Detroit Tigers. His is a class act that helps to diminish the doping scandal and that helps to diminish the childish, boorish behavior shown by too many professional athletes.
He still pitched a “perfect” game in my book.