In a perfect world, there is no justice.
Max Scherzer, Armando Galarraga and the impeccable Harvey Haddix experienced that painful truth before their hearts were broken.
The popular opinion at the moment is that Scherzer got cheated out of his perfect game last week when Pittsburgh Pirates batter Jose Tabata cowardly turned his padded elbow into a pitch after the Washington Nationals pitcher had retired 26 straight betters.
Tabata is being portrayed as a villain just as umpire Jim Joyce is looked upon as a dunce for blowing a call at first base after Detroit's Galarraga retired 26 straight back in 2010.
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What we've learned is justice has no friends when a perfect game is on the line. It will break your heart into a million pieces and not feel an ounce of guilt.
There is no better example than the late Haddix.
The lefty pitched the greatest game in modern baseball history when he retired 36 straight batters over 12 innings for Pittsburgh in 1959. Unfortunately, the Pirates' best hitter, Roberto Clemente, didn't play, and they never scored.
His perfect game was ruined on a throwing error by Don Hoak to begin the 13th.
But the real villain is former Commissioner Fay Vincent, who took away Haddix's no-hitter 22 years later because the Pirates lost the game.
Haddox turned in that yeoman's effort against a loaded Milwaukee Braves lineup that included future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews and slugger Joe Adcock.
It was a most bizarre game with MLB getting the score wrong after Adcock hit what appeared to be a three-run homer in the 13th. It was ruled a double the next day and a 1-0 game because Aaron ran off the bases after the winning run scored, not knowing the ball cleared the fence.
It was as if the lords of baseball who reside on those Ruthian clouds could not agree on a hero.
But the indignity that hurt Haddix and his family the most came in 1991, when Vincent declared the Ohio native would not get credit for a no-hitter because he lost the game.
You would think a waiver could have been given.
Haddix died three years later at 68, robbed by Vincent and the stuffed heads who call themselves statistical analysts.
You would hope the commish would show some compassion for Haddix, the little lefty who stood 5-foot-9 and weighed 155 pounds and lived life the right way.
There was no Internet or twitter to fight for Haddix on his magnificent night. A lot of young players today might not even know about his feat.
But the Major League Baseball higher-ups including Commissioner Rob Manfred should break from deciding the fate of Pete Rose and players with their pharmaceutically induced statistics and give the Haddix family its due.
His body of work could even help Manfred, who has been looking for ways to speed up baseball's turtle-like pace. That 13-inning game was finished in fewer than three hours, thanks to Haddix needing only 115 pitches with 82 going for strikes.
Haddix is not alone though he stands at the top of the list among modern-day pitchers who lost their no-hitters to baseball's Committee for Statistical Accuracy, which changed the official definition of a no-hitter after the rules were already in place.
Haddix is among four players (after 1950) who pitched at least into the 10th inning of a perfect game that went awry. He threw the most innings of all of them.
The others: Cincinnati Reds Jim Maloney gave up leadoff homer in the 11th after retiring 30 batters; Montreal's Pedro Martinez gave up leadoff double in 10th after nine perfect innings but his Montreal Expos won 1-0 and Montreal's Mark Gardner gave up leadoff single in 10th in 1-0 10 inning loss.
Haddix was the best of the group. Give him his due, even if you feel compelled to slip in an asterisk. No one will argue.
It's time to slay this injustice. It has broken too many hearts.
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.