Mounted Memories has signed an exclusive deal with Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, to commemorate his nearly perfect game on June 2, 2010.
Galarraga’s place in history as the 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game was denied when the 27th batter was called safe at first on a slow roller to the infield. Video replays concluded that the runner was indeed out. Galarraga returned to the mound to record the final out of the game with the next batter.
Galarraga’s forgiving attitude and willingness to accept the apology of umpire Jim Joyce were applauded, however and many speculated it could lead to marketing deals for the Venezuelan pitcher.
Mounted Memories is creating special collectibles with Galarraga’s signature on baseballs, photos and unique framed merchandise with items from the game.
“This truly unusual game — and the grace of all the people involved that ensued — marks a unique moment for ardent baseball fans and casual enthusiasts alike. Mounted Memories is designing several products that capture an occasion that will likely never be repeated,” said Mitch Adelstein, company president.
Galarraga will sign baseballs and photos with the date of the game as well as the phrase “Almost Perfect” as well as “Nobody’s Perfect” — a reference to his acceptance of the error regarding the inaccurate call at first. In addition, the deal with Mounted Memories includes a personal appearance by Galarraga, with the date and venue still to be determined.
“Armando is a terrific person, and June 2, 2010 displayed two extraordinary performances — his pitching and his poise,” said Galarraga’s agent, Jeff Feinstein. “We are thrilled to work with Mounted Memories to celebrate this unprecedented event.”