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Struggling to accept an imperfect world

Umpire Jim Joyce won't be forgotten for the missed call he made just over a year ago

Originally Published: June 5, 2011
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

On a day during which my Phillies teammate Eric Milton had his best stuff, we entered the ninth inning with a lead, while our opponents hadn't recorded a single hit. I was sitting on the bench as I frequently did in 2004, waiting for a last-inning call from our bench coach, Gary Varsho.

It was late enough in the season that I understood I had to be ready for anything by the time the fourth inning rolled around. Here we were five innings later, and I was wondering whether our manager was ...

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