300 is a mystical number in the game of bowling. To bowl a perfect game, 12 consecutive strikes, is to reach the pinnacle of the sport. There is no 301. At 300 you’ve dominated the lanes.
For a bowler, that last roll is essentially synonymous to an MLB pitcher standing on the mound in the midst of a perfect game, gearing up for that final at bat with 2 outs in the 9th inning. So imagine how Troy Walker felt when, after throwing 11 consecutive strikes, his last shot at a charity bowling event in Houston smacked into the arm rake (that thing that comes down and sweeps the pins off of the lane before setting up a new rack) which came crashing down mere seconds before his ball would’ve sent the pins flying. Gut-wrenching to say the least. Armando Galarraga probably knows exactly how he feels—he was, admittedly, robbed by Jim Joyce of a perfect game on a blown call at first base with 2 outs in the 9th.
In a post-game interview, Walker admits that in this instance it may have been his fault due to some confusion over which lane he should’ve been bowling on. He did get a do-over. but ended up knocking down just seven of the 10 pins.
Video of the tragedy after the jump.