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Jim Joyce: "I cost that kid a perfect game"

Jun 2, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

Jim Joyce speaks after the blown call:

“I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat
the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career.”

With that there can be no further objection to the implementation of instant replay.

  1. kardo - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Even with the ridiculously over-the-top rules that Micheal suggests, there are still human elements. They are called “players”.

  2. jeremy - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    Nah, Paul, there was nothing inside Joyce that didn’t want Galarraga to get a perfect game. I’ll tell you what happened. Joyce said in the post-game interview (twice) that he was “very aware” of the situation (i.e. that a perfect game was on the line). You can bet that during the whole play — which he knew was going to be close — his mind was going a million miles an minute. He knew he had to get it right; his subconscious was telling him that it’s okay to give the benefit of the doubt on this one. The pressure muddled his mind so much that he didn’t even see what happened. Then he wasn’t even thinking clearly about who to give the benefit of the doubt to, and for what. So he picked a call. His subconscious was still telling him that he needed to give the benefit of the doubt to someone, and “safe” is the call most associated with giving the benefit of the doubt. That’s the only psychological explanation I can come up with.

  3. Gorg - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    youre just wrong on this……huge mistake yes, a shame yes. But let’s examine how YOU would react if you blew an important assignment on YOUR job and had a legion of mouth-breathers calling for YOUR head. You would expect to be evaluated on the entirety of your body of work, as is proper in the overwhelming majority of cases. Are there thousands of people in the stands and more on TV waiting to jump on you if you make a mistake, even a big one like this? Try umpiring even a 8-9 year olds’ game and see how long it takes before you botch one. I guarantee you, you will. So lay off.
    MLB isn’t going to fire him, we all know it. Instant replay is inevitable on the field; just get it done.

  4. Palooka Joe - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    I agree. The call was a bad one, but it’s the kind of bad call we see at least once or twice a month. If we start firing folks for that, we’ll be out of umpires by the end of the season.
    And I am impressed as hell with the way Joyce behaved after he discovered his mistake. He did the two things a person of good faith should do: he acknowledged the error and he apologized directly to the person he hurt most. That doesn’t erase the error, but it’s the best anyone can do.
    It would have been so much easier, and so much more comfortable for him to hide in silence behind the league and the union. Joyce did the right thing, even though it can’t have been comfortable. I applaud him for it.

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