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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.

[Source: Detroit News]
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DETROIT – Chevrolet today awarded Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a 2010 Corvette convertible, recognizing his outstanding performance on and off the field.

Galarraga retired 26 consecutive Cleveland Indians batters on Wednesday evening. The 27th and final batter, Jason Donald, hit a routine ball in the hole between first and second base. Tigers' first baseman Miguel Cabrera fielded the ball and threw to Galarraga, who stepped on first base, apparently before Donald touched the base and was called safe.

Galarraga kept his cool, returned to the mound and retired the next batter to record a one-hit, 3-0 shutout, throwing just 88 pitches.

GM North American President Mark Reuss, who presented a Chevrolet Corvette to Galarraga at today's game against the Cleveland Indians, said the way the pitcher had handled the incredible events deserved to be recognized regardless of what record books would ultimately show.

Reuss said he had known the Ilitch family, owners of the Detroit Tigers, his whole life and the family has always been a great supporter of General Motors.

"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."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good marketing but, it fails in every other aspect. Come' on! Giving a guy a corvette for throwing a stupid ball? Millions of Americans struggling just to find a job and take care of their families, and GM thinks this poor guy some how needs a new corvette to dry his tears. Hopefully he will give it away to charity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We're sure the Corvette isn't quite as nice as having a perfect game on the resume"

      Then what would have been nicer... a ZR1? Caddy CTS-V? It IS one of the best car that GM can offer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love being a Detroiter and Michigander, a story like this makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice gesture, by GM and the Tigers owner that kept GM (and added the other 2) on the fountain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To the "Marketing" uneducated this seems like a idiotic thing done by GM.. But what Reuss did was just take $40K (U don't really think that it costs GM $58K to build the GS??? Hell the 911 Turbo costs almost half of it's price to to build) and got about $500K+ worth of ad time for the Vette.

      Beautiful... beautiful car. Makes me want to trade my 08 Z51 in for a targa version of the GS. 0-60 in 3.9secs STOCK, with only 436HP. Modifications on mine costs me $600 bucks and I'm at 417-422RWHP (Depending on which type of Dyno) which translates into about 480HP at the fly. GOD HELP US when GEN V debuts in the C7 or Cadillac XTS
      • 5 Years Ago
      PRFCT GM

      tell me GM doesnt want to see that as his license plate
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can someone explain to me why someone who makes well over 500k a year needs to have a Corvette given to them? I mean a "I'm sorry card" would have sufficed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome. What a great story for all involved.

      Here's hoping that the umpire that made the bad call can team up with lenscrafters for a free eye exam and sporty new glasses.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best thing to do: Get Armando Galarraga, Jim Joyce (the ump who blew the call), and GM President Mark Reuss to all sign the dashboard, then sell it at auction for charity!

      Everybody wins!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Corvette's cool, but what about a CTS-V instead? I guess Vette is more like hot dogs, apple pie, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This country puts way too much emphasis on sports. Plus it irks me when I see celebs getting free crap they can much more easily afford than any of us peons.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sports get such 'attention' b/c they are diversions from the drudgery of every day life. Suicide rates would be way up if we had to constantly be bombarded with reports of our poor education system, federal debt exceeding GDP, job losses, job pay decreases (related to annual inflation), crime (rapes, murders, bad dressers), and all the other dreck. Or at least alcohol costs. Using sports and other forms of entertainment to forget about all that is a comfort to many.

        Granted, for some areas their sports teams/stars make them more depressed. But still.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Go someone else and preach from your class warfare pulpit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Marketing, eh? The first thing that jumped to my mind was that with this move, GM volunteered to have their brand associated with something "not quite perfect," and "blown calls." Seems like a great fit to me! Way to support your brand equity, GM. Another feather in their marketing cap on the heels of the aborted "...for everyone" campaign. Sigh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're in the minority.

        It was a perfect game. Yes, the call was flubbed, but the way it was handled was stellar. Everybody makes mistakes. The way they are handled separates the best of us from the rest.

        Kudos to everybody involved.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jetta - You have an apt analogy for the game as it relates to GM, just incorrect in your inference of it. The pitcher had a perfect game, and some idiot made an incorrect call robbing him of that accolade. Rather like the ones who say GM has horrible quality when Buick and Caddy are been in the top ranks now (and even the Malibu got a quality award).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jim Joyce you basterd!

      As a huge baseball fan, I could not believe that the ump missed that call, it was a travesty. That being said, the whole situation was handled in a very classy way. Good for Galarraga, he deserves every bit of it
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