SARASOTA, Fla. The man who came within one famously blown call of baseball immortality sits at his locker, blending inconspicuously into the clubhouse of the Baltimore Orioles.
You could easily walk by and not notice him amid the clatter of pre-game preparations. If not for his hand in an epic event that made the sports world stand still on June 2, 2010, he would just be another player in camp with a minor-league contract, another player with the kind of big hopes and dreams that flourish every spring training.
But Armando Galarraga is hardly a perfect stranger.
He will forever be known as the Detroit pitcher who threw the 21st perfect game in major league history, only to have it undone by umpire Jim Joyces incorrect call on what should have been the glorious final out.
Yet even more than that, the 30-year-old righthander from Venezuela will be remembered for the grace he displayed in the aftermath the way then he immediately forgave the veteran ump who knew he had bungled t...