Martha J. Payne, Muncie, Ind.
I find no fault with Joyce, whose call cost Galarraga a perfect game; however, I believe commissioner Bud Selig dropped the ball when he declared there was nothing he could do to set things straight. An asterisk or footnote in the record book indicating that Galarraga did indeed pitch the 21st perfect game would have been appropriate. There is a precedent for this type of modification: the asterisk attached to Roger Maris's home run total in 1961. If such a clarification can be used to wrong one player's rightful record, why can't it be used to right a wrong?
Ted Isseks, Liberty, N.Y.
Mistakes are going to occur in games, but that's what makes them games. I was always taught by my coaches that not everything is fair but we have to make the best of things. This lesson should apply at every level in sports.
Chris Reeder, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Why shouldn't umpires be privy to the technology that every viewer gets? Why not institute a system similar to coaches' challenges in the NFL? Each manager would get two challenge flags per game. I doubt it would lead to any real delays, as managers would carefully decide which play is worth a challenge.
Donna DeMilia, Princeton, N.J.
Galarraga and Joyce will be the Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca of the 21st century.
Richard Rossiter, Fairfield, Conn.