By now, everybody’s seen Jim Joyce’s blown call preventing Armando Galarraga from notching what would have been one of the most unlikely perfect games in the history of Major League Baseball. Here are Joyce’s incredible comments following Wednesday’s game:
Now that was something. Joyce took remorse took a whole new level with the profanity filled tirade aimed at himself. He sounded like a man who desperately needed a strong, strong drink.
He stood that and took it from reporters after the game, even though they were essentially asking him the same question over and over. He got it wrong, but at the time, he genuinely thought Jason Donald beat Galarraga to the bag. He made a mistake.
In an era when officials often seek to put themselves on a pedestal and refuse to admit missed calls, Joyce stepped up to the plate and admitted he screwed up.
Prior to Thursday’s series finale between the Indians and Tigers, Jim Leyland dispatched Galarraga to deliver the lineup card to Joyce, who was the home plate umpire. A tearful Joyce jabbed Galarraga and received much-needed encouragement from his fellow umpires.
Joyce was not acting or embellishing his feelings. He was simply showing how he felt about his mistake, drawing attention to himself for all the right reasons.
Take note, Cowboy Joe West.