Just a day before they were treated to the classy pitching performance and sportsmanship of Detroit Tigers pitcher, Armando Galarraga, Americans were witness to a truly classless act from former Beatle, Paul McCartney. On June 2, in a game against the Cleveland Indians, Gallaraga lost a bid to become only the 21st pitcher in major league history to pitch a perfect game, when with two outs in the ninth inning first base umpire Jim Joyce made a mistake and called the baserunner ’safe’, when he really should have been called ‘out’ (replays clearly showed that Jim Joyce had made a bad call, and Joyce acknowledged as much after seeing the replays). After realizing his mistake, Joyce admitted ruefully, “I just cost that kid a perfect game.” With equal poise and class, Gallaraga met with Joyce after the game and issued some comforting words for the distraught umpire: “He probably felt more bad than me.” And adding a touch of wry humor, Galarraga noted, “Nobody’s perfect.” Contrast this classy behavior with that of former Beatle, Paul McCartney, who on June 1 was at the White House to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, from the Library of Congress. Upon receiving the award, Sir Paul went out of his way to (a) complement the current President, Barack Obama, and (b) take a cheap shot at Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. In a carefully-delivered quip that was clearly prepared in advance, the former Beatle remarked, out of the blue and apropos of nothing: “After the last eight years, it’s good to have a president who knows what a library is.” Consider the contrast: Armando Galarraga had just been ROBBED of an honor, but instead of whining or complaining, he went out of his way to rise above the loss and even comfort the umpire who had robbed him. By contrast, Paul McCartney was being GIVEN an honor, and instead of showing the grace that is customary and expected for such occasions, he went out of his way to introduce a note of petty and mean-spirited snideness. I’m no big fan of George W. Bush, and I am an absolute lover of the Beatles. But I cannot help but conclude that Sir Paul made a perfect ass of himself with his irrelevant, nasty comment. The irony is that George W. Bush has been married for the past thirty-plus years to an intelligent, classy woman who also happens to be a librarian (so of course Bush knows what a library is). For his part, Paul McCartney showed terrible judgment when he married Heather Mills, who turned out to be one of the nuttiest celebrity-wives the world has seen in recent years; and even with the best lawyers at his service, Sir Paul ended up having to spend over 24 million pounds sterling (about 5% of his net worth) to get himself unhitched from her.