Today, Friday, we find out if R.A. Dickey threw a no-hitter on Wednesday. The dissonance of that statement should itself tell you what the "right" answer is. A no-hitter is about the mounting pressure of the late innings, the superstitious avoidance of a pitcher in the dugout, the social aspect of calling and texting all your friends to tell them to put on the game, and foremost, the gleeful dogpile celebration on the mound. A distant last is the actual "not giving up a hit" part. Technically, sure, that's important—in the same way that the box score tells you all you need to know about Game 6 of the last World Series.
Take a look at David Wright trying to barehand a ball to nail a speedy B.J. Upton, and judge for yourself. Dickey says a retroactive no-no would be "a little bit cheap." Terry Collins puts the chance of a successful appeal at less than five percent. Joe Torre, in his capacity as Whatever The Hell His Title Is, is the one reviewing the appeal. He's got his own opinion, but he's consulting with other baseball minds before issuing his dictum. No, not a dictum—his opinion is factually binding. If he says it was a hit, it was a hit. If he says it was an error, that thing that happened almost 48 hours ago that was a hit, wasn't a hit. It's inherently silly to declare that what is by definition a judgment call is "correct" or not. Torre knows this, I think, and isn't asking Tony La Russa and company if Wright should have fielded that ball. They're discussing what makes sense for Major League Baseball's PR.