So, does that mean that the history of baseball will change? Not for Armando Galarraga, but maybe the league will consider the possibility of instant replays in the future; so, other players will not have to be totally at the mercy of one umpire for their career statistics and a chance to be in the history books.
On November 17, 1968 you may have planned to watch the heart pounding upset of the Oakland Raiders against the New York Jets. But, you blinked. When you opened your eyes again, you were watching the made-for-television movie Heidi.
If you were an angry viewer, join the crowd. So many people called to complain to NBC that the switchboard went down. It was attributed to human error. Do you suppose someone lost their job because the whole Eastern half of the United States missed the most exciting minute or two of the major rivalry?
Now, imagine being a famous defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. You are playing professional ball. You have a lot of great plays to your credit. You don’t miss 282 consecutive games. You recover 29 fumbles.
But, after 20 years, you are remembered for your most famous mistake. A few seconds out of your life will go down in sports history as one of the most embarrassing moments. One of those fumbles you recovered yielded a great touchdown for the other team! Well, it was actually considered a safety; but, if you were Jim Marshall, you went the wrong way! Thankfully, insult wasn’t added to injury, and the Vikings won regardless.
Even though Elvis Presley died over 30 years ago, anybody that hasn’t grown up under a rock knows him as the king of rock and roll. In some circles, he is as popular today as he was back then. Children of die-hard fans have grown up with his music. Some have even visited Grassland and become collectors of his memorabilia.
But, did you know that he was actually fired after one performance at the Grand Ole Opry? The manager didn’t think he had what it took to become a star, and actually suggested that he go back to driving a truck for a living. Today, even after three decades, more impersonators make their living off of Elvis than probably any other famous individual, regardless of their vocation. Do you wonder if that manager ever wished he could take those words back?