Holy Shit Jim Joyce - You robbed that kid of the perfect game and instead he went for the one hitter. The implications of this debacle will be far reaching with regards to instant replay and potentially the record books in the next few days.
However, after I had a chance to digest all of the media's critiques, chatting with my boy dmk, and remembering a paper I wrote freshman year on stress and major league umpires - it is important to put into perspective how large the microscope is that MLB umpires are put under. It was the stage in the game that propelled the call to the height it has reached, just like a defensive back blowing an assignment in the late 4th quarter. There have been numerous studies on burnout and stress among league officials, so its not surprising Joyce broke down like he did. At least he was man enough to admit his mistake, which many officials are not willing to do. But the stress put upon these individuals is so great because they are expected to be perfect. It is truly a thankless job. Evidence of this can be seen in other leagues (see below) where they eventually reach a tipping point. It is important to remember these umpires, refs, or what have you are trying to do their best. It is just unfortunate that the timing of the call was what it was. It will be interesting to see the implications of this call on more widespread instant replay in the major leagues.
With that said, who gives a fuck about the record books or the fact that it won't go down as a "perfect game?" No matter what Bud Selig rules (who is a douchebag anyway), Armando Galarraga still pitched his ass off. And Detroit should be used to getting fucked by now anyway.
But after watching the replay over and over, you have to ask yourself - would you have been able to make the correct call given the speed of the play and the slight bobble/snowcone by Galarraga?