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What it means to be perfect

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Did you ever have a day when everything was just going perfectly for you at work? And then someone or something just had to come along and screw it up?

Armando Galarraga just did.

If you either don’t live in the state of Michigan or don’t follow sports news, he’s the Detroit Tigers pitcher who was officially robbed of a perfect baseball game yesterday afternoon by umpire Jim Joyce’s bad call of the game’s very last out.

It was a bad call. Even Jim Joyce said it was a bad call! Joyce even apologized to Galarraga after the game!

As I said on Facebook when I heard the story on local TV this morning: I’m not even a big baseball fan, but even I know perfection is rare.

What does it mean to be perfect? We’ve all tried at one time or another, in one way or another, to be perfect.

We unemployed persons may feel we have to do every little thing just right, just perfectly, to get and keep a job in today’s market. However, having the perfect resume, cover letter, interview, or job performance doesn’t totally guarantee success.

Just ask Mr. Galarraga.

He’s the one driving away from Comerica Park in a brand-new little red Corvette.

Galarraga’s feat — and his sportsmanship afterwards — earned him that Vette. His game and his attitude also earned him a, well, perfect place in our imperfect hearts.

Could what happened to Galarraga Wednesday afternoon possibly mean that people should give up on perfectionism? That no one should have or take an opportunity to achieve perfection? That, as Galarraga himself said afterwards, nobody’s perfect?

It just means a few things:

1. Perfection is rare. Not just in baseball, but in life.

2. Even in those rare moments when you are perfect, not everything is under your control.

3. Forget killing the ump. Get the commissioner to overturn the call.

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Written by Joanne

June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

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