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About Aaron Traister

Aaron Traister is a proud graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia. He has recently taken up running and he has started smoking again.


  1. Great article Aaron. The news gave us an interesting contrast yesterday. On the one hand, there was Gallaraga, smiling as Joyce makes his errant call. Smiling that smile that knows better. But he didn’t charge the umpire. He didn’t rant and rave. He didn’t scream foul and plead through the media, that he had been screwed. He was more mature about it than I would have been.

    On the other hand, Joran van der Sloot made the news again. He was the guy implicated, but never charged, in the mysterious disappearance of Natalie Holloway five years ago. This time he is associated with the death of a young woman in Peru. He was seen on security video with the young woman the night before she was found murdered in a hotel room registered under van der Sloot’s name. No charges have been filed, but this guy keeps showing up where trouble brews.

    So, we have two guys presented in the news. Which one would you want your son to emulate? I’m just saying.

  2. My son John and I were talking about this today. John umpires for pocket change, and knows how hard it is. “Whatever call you make, you’re always wrong in someone’s eyes.” We both found the story inspiring in so many ways. We wished we could have had the courage not to rant and rage when life is patently unfair. We wished we were sure we’d have the courage to show up for work the next day after such a huge mistake. We hoped we had the fortitude to realize when it doesn’t make sense to change the rules. Perfect game? Yeah, in so many ways. Thanks for your take on it Aaron.

  3. Keith Reedy says:

    Great article!

  4. I just hate how everyone is giving Joyce so much credit. He failed to do his job. Miserably. His blunder is so awful it will be prominently featured on his obituary when the time comes.

    And sure, he apologized. HE HAD TO! With all the replays clearly showing how wrong he was, he had no choice but to admit he was wrong. Yet everyone is saying how great Joyce is simply for admitting how bad he is at his job.

    But as much as I hate to admit it, Selig did the right thing. You can’t change a bad call for just one player. Let’s hope this sparks rule changes & added instant replay in MLB.

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