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GM GIVES TIGERS PITCHER CORVETTE

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GM GIVES TIGERS PITCHER CORVETTE

By Andrew Ganz

General Motors says that it has awarded Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette convertible in an effort to recognize the player’s “almost” no-hitter game yesterday.

Galarraga was one batter away from pitching a no-hitter game yesterday when the 27th Cleveland Indians batter stepped up to the plate and hit a routine “ball in the hole” between first and second bases. Despite Galarraga and first baseman Miguel Cabrera’s best efforts, an umpire called the Indians batter safe.

Later replays showed the umpire to be mistaken, but Galarraga still struck out the next batter to round out what ended up being a one-hitter.

The Corvette was presented to Galarraga today by GM’s North American president, Mark Reuss, who said that the player should be recognized for his achievements despite the umpire’s mistake. Reuss also thanked the Ilitch family, which owns the Tigers.

“It is only fitting we help give back for all the Ilitches have done for Detroit and to celebrate Armando’s pitching and sportsmanship during one of the most captivating evenings in Tigers history,” Reuss said in a statement released to the media.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/gm-gives-tigers-pitcher-corvette.html

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balthazar    2,004

That's pretty cool, esp in light of the report that Selig has said he will not overturn the call.

I can't believe we got 3 perfect games (I'm counting Galarraga's) in 1 year, when there have only been what- 18 in ALL previous years ??

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Blown call leads to free Corvette for near perfect Tigers pitcher

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Jun 4th 2010 at 8:57AM

On Wednesday evening, Detroit Tigers baseball fans came within one out of watching Armando Galarraga throw the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Plenty of pitchers have come within an out or two from greatness, but only Galarraga lost his bid at retiring all 27 batters he faced because of a bad call by the first base umpire. General Motors decided to give the hard-luck pitcher a significant consolation prize Thursday in the size and shape of a brand new, cherry red Corvette Grand Sport Convertible.

GM President Mark Reuss says in the post-jump press release that The General gave Galarraga the 436-horsepower droptop as a reward for an excellent performance and because of the way Galarraga handled himself in a tough situation. GM has been a big sponsor for the Detroit Tigers for years, which makes sense considering the fact that the company's Renaissance Center headquarters is clearly visible beyond the center field fence. The General has also paid to advertise on the Tiger's center field fountain. GM couldn't afford to sponsor the fountain in 2009 due to bankruptcy proceedings, so team owner Mike Ilitch placed all three Detroit automakers on the fountain in a show of support for the Detroit automakers.

We're sure the Corvette isn't quite as nice as having a perfect game on the resume, but it's not a bad consolation prize, either. GM gets something from this situation as well, as the Corvette giveaway will probably make its way to many local news outlets, along with some time on ESPN. That kind of advertising probably costs a bit more than $58,580. Hit the jump to read over the GM press release.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/04/blown-call-leads-to-free-corvette-for-near-perfect-tigers-pitche/

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hyperv6    774

Master Marketing move. I saw and read this everywhere.

Even the People here in Cleveland thing that they sould give him the perfect game.

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daves87rs    349

Master Marketing move. I saw and read this everywhere.

Even the People here in Cleveland thing that they sould give him the perfect game.

Yep.

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Satty    338

That's pretty cool, esp in light of the report that Selig has said he will not overturn the call.

I can't believe we got 3 perfect games (I'm counting Galarraga's) in 1 year, when there have only been what- 18 in ALL previous years ??

If you count Galarraga's (which I do) and Buehrle's last July thats 4 in barely 11 months.

All parties involved should be commended for how they've handled things. Galarraga didn't get pissed off, he handled the situation gracefully. Joyce did as well. And GM got some good press out of it.

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