Last night Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce made one of the worst calls in baseball history. His mistake at the end of the Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians game cost Tiger’s pitcher Armondo Galarraga a perfect game. A perfect game is nearly impossible and in all of MLB history there have only been 12.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and one out away from becoming a baseball immortal by pitching a perfect game, Galarraga gets the final batter to ground out, BUT umpire Jim Joyce misses the call and calls the runner safe at first base. Replay after replay show the runner out. This should have been a recorded perfect game, but instead it will go down as a one hitter and Galarraga’s name won’t be added to the list of perfect games.
As sad as the whole situation was, I’m amazed at a couple of things that happened … pitcher Armondo Galarraga doesn’t scream or lose control, instead he keeps control even though he’s just been cheated out of a perfect game. Then after the game, umpire Jim Joyce admits he made a HUGE mistake, “It was the biggest call of my career, and I messed it up,” Joyce said, looking and sounding distraught as he paced in the umpires’ locker room. “I just cost that kid a perfect game.” Later in tears, Jim Joyce hugged Galarraga and apologized to him. Galarraga when asked if he was mad or bitter towards Joyce said, “You don’t see an umpire after the game come out and say, ‘Hey, let me tell you I’m sorry,”’ Galarraga said. “He felt really bad. He didn’t even shower. Nobody is perfect and everyone is human and makes mistakes.” Wow, that’s grace.
This all made me think of two things…
- How do you and I handle things when someone wrongs us? Armando turning the other cheek should be a pretty strong inspiration for us. Someone once said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” Armondo Galarraga proved to me today, he’s a strong man.
- When you blow a big call, and just flat screw up, are you willing to admit it?
I can learn a lot by watching others…