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DETROIT (AP) — Armando Galarraga bitterly sipped a beer minutes after he almost pitched a perfect game, lashing out at first base umpire Jim Joyce for blowing a call that negated his place in baseball history.
An apology and hug changed Galarraga's attitude.
Joyce, in tears, asked for a chance to apologize after the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 Wednesday night.
"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. He didn't even shower."
The perfect game that wasn't.
MLB declined comment on Joyce's call. Social networking sites, meanwhile, were buzzing about it.
Galarraga, who was barely known outside of Detroit a day ago, and Joyce, whose career had flourished in relative anonymity, quickly became a trending topics on Twitter. At least one anti-Joyce Facebook page was created shortly after the game ended and a firejimjoyce.com was launched.
"I worked with Don Denkinger, and I know what he went through, but I've never had a moment like this," Joyce said.
Denkinger didn't have to deal with the wrath of fans on Twitter or Facebook. Denkinger helped tilt the 1985 World Series, and that followed him throughout his career, by blowing a call as a first base umpire.
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