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Umpires often call close plays "whackers," where even close-up replays prove inconclusive. By that standard, this one was pretty clear.
"What triggered him to call him safe, I don't know," Denkinger said. "He was in perfect position to call it."
"Obviously, the ball was in his glove. He had it secure, he didn't bobble it. The runner was clearly not to the bag," he said.
Joyce, who's worked more than a dozen postseason series, called it the worst moment of his professional career. Several managers praised his work ethic, and the grace and sportsmanship Galarraga and Joyce showed drew accolades from all around.
Said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen: "That moment should be in the top 10 in 2010."
Galarraga was bidding for the 21st perfect game in major league history and third this season. There were only four perfectos in the American League during Denkinger's days, and he worked two of them.
Denkinger was at second base when Len Barker threw his gem in 1981, and was at first base for Kenny Rogers' masterpiece in 1994. Those games, the plays came fairly easily -- for the pitchers and Denkinger.
"Nothing controversial," he said.
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