“I just cost that kid a perfect game.”-Jim Joyce
first base umpire who called the batter safe when he should’ve been called out
The umpire blew the call.
Watched its curveball breath sail away like an errant throw
from an off-balanced shortstop in the hole
over a first baseman’s head.
The young Venezuelan pitcher did not throw a perfect game.
It was ruled he did not beat the runner to the bag
at the bang-bang play at first.
And when the game ended,
his manager stormed out of the dugout,
a thundercloud of profanities hailing a downpour of insults—
while the umpire stood there knowing he deserved
every lighting-rod word,
like a weatherman facing the camera
who sometimes doesn’t predict the rain.