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Hey, at least Galarraga got a car

Jun 3, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

Armando Galarraga may not have gotten a perfect game, but he got a nice consolation prize: a cherry-red Corvette, given to him by General Motors just before the game today in recognition of his “excellence on the field and for his
professionalism & sportsmanship.”
  I have two questions:

(1) Since the bailout, does this mean that we’re all unwittingly subsidizing Major League Baseball; and

(2) If Selig overturns the call does Armando have to give the car back?

  1. J Rose - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Not a bad consolation prize.
    Classy thing I’ve seen in sports in a long time: Joyce in tears as he came out to home plate at the start of the game today, and Galarraga patting him on the back. How can people still be ripping him after that?

  2. Old Gator - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Question one rings pretty funny down here in Macondo, Craig. After all, Major League Baseball has been collectively subsidizing Scrooge McLoria’s morbidly obese bank account with its luxury tax money for years. Beyond that, let’s look at all those cities where the citizenry made clear its objections to the use of public funds to build playpens for its billionaire team owners, only to wind up subsidizing those buildings through one lobbyist infested and bribe infected backroom deal after another. One thinks of Macondo Banana Massacre Field, whose gunite splendors I shared with you on a balmy early Spring day right here in the Kosmic Kapital of delusional politics, and uh…that stadium in Milwaukee, which was built despite an actual vote against it by the people, whatever they count for anymore.
    Hell, at least our elected representatives openly voted for the GM bailout.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Because they’re sanctimonious assholes?

  4. d - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    on #1 – I thought GM has repaid all?
    #2 – I would say not, as he did show excellent sportsmanship
    Joyce is showing he’s human, good for him

  5. ecp - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Considering that the reason for the gift was excellence on the field, professionalism and sportsmanship, Buddy Boy changing the call doesn’t erase what Galarraga did or how he behaved.

  6. Gregg - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    #2 I think you answered your own question when you said GM gave it to him for professionalism & sportsmanship. Meaning they didn’t give it to him because he pitched a No-Hitter/Perfect game. He got it for how he handled the blown call.

  7. Moses Green - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    The best things by far to come out of this? The class of Galarraga and Joyce. I think at this point it’s fair to call Jim Joyce “Bizarro Joe West.”

  8. Daniel - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Can I just ask one hypothetical question: If this near perfect game had happened to a Yankees pitcher, what would be the response? Joyce would honestly not be alive.

  9. Joe Tetreault - Jun 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    they repaid their loan out of a escrow account provided to them by the feds for continuing operations as they re-organize. Here’s reason magazine’s report

    GM received $50 billion in TARP funds (never mind that TARP was only supposed to cover financial institutions). About $7 billion of that came in the form of a straight-up, low-interest loan. And about $13 billion came in the form of an escrow account.
    So how has GM, which lost $38 billion in 2007 even as it sold 9.4 million cars, paid back its debt? It took money from the escrow account to pay back the $6.7 billion loan.
    Do you remember when you were a kid and your parents gave you $20 to buy them a Christmas present? You bought them something worth $3 and pocketed the rest? That’s what GM has just done.

  10. Joey B - Jun 3, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    “on #1 – I thought GM has repaid all?”
    The government owns most of GM. Even if/when they repay it, it’s merely shifting the money from one pocket to the other.

  11. riscifiguy - Jun 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Bells you Jim Joyce, may Armando Galarraga’s forgiveness bring you peace. Joe West, however, is most likely very upset at Jim Joyce for admiting he made a mistake and will tell hims so, (that is as soon as he gets off the phone with his publicist). Baseballs version of Angels and Demons?

  12. Art Vandeley - Jun 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Being a citizen-shareholder of General Motors, who still owes us taxpayers $43 billion, I would please ask that GM rescinds the Sportsmanship Corvette from Mr. Galarraga. Just replace it with an online Sportsmanship Certificate printout and a $4 frame from Walmart. We gotta lot of money to pay back.
    Besides, there’s dozens of recently divorced, 55 year old guys in the Detroit area who’d gladly pony up $75K for that Corvette, helping them score that 25 year old hottie at the bar.

  13. d - Jun 3, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    thanks for the clarification!

  14. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Jun 3, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    a post with nothing to do with the marlins and gator has to rip the owner, again
    seriously…between his love affair of “scrooge mcloria” and craig’s love affair with empty seats, you would think the florida marlins won 2 world series by having loria play with himself in an empty football stadium
    anyways, good for joyce and galaragga in how they handled the whole thing with a tremendous amount of class

  15. Old Gator - Jun 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Au contraire, Craig’s post had to do with the question of public money subsidizing private-sector baseball activities. To remark upon Scrooge McLoria’s relentless campaign to bully and intimidate south Florida into building him a playpen and then, when it became clear that public sentiment wasn’t anywhere near behind him, turning to the usual corrupt excuses for public servants to use public money to succor him speaks directly to the point of Craig’s comments. Because you no longer live in Macondo, and because you are a Feesh fan, however rose-colored the glasses through which you insist on viewing the team’s situation, I’ll offer you the benefit of the doubt and assume you missed all of that.
    Point two: you will have to explain to me what you think Prince Pinchpenny had to do with the Feesh’s first world championship. That one got right past me.
    Point three: I’ve been totally upfront in the past about acknowledging Scrooge’s contribution to the 1993 championship – in balance, that is, with the extent to which the team still had Dave Dombrowski’s fingerprints all over it – and slamming the tightwad’s impecuniousness and his attitude towards the team and its fans since the infamous “market correction” of 1995. Feel free to criticize me, but let’s not distort or misrepresent my positions on these matters. I’ll always be here to correct you when you do.

  16. Old Gator - Jun 3, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Oy! Make that the 2003 championship and 2005 market correction.
    Stubbornest case of jet lag I’ve ever had, that.

  17. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Jun 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    no, my point is that when things go right or wrong on a baseball team, you dont point the finger at the owner every single time, like you do here
    i dont see everything with “rose colored glasses”
    point 2, im well aware of dombroski’s and loria’s contributions to the franchise and in which order they happened
    look gator, i have no problem with you…but you crucifying loria every chance you get is tiring, boring and quite frankly, makes anything associated with the marlins look bad
    so if your goal is that…then i just wont post on here anymore because if your jones for loria is that bad, then i suggest you get a room, a bottle of scotch and hash your differences out there

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