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"Jim Joyce is standing up like a man today"

Jun 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

Joyce crying.jpgHere’s some pretty moving video of the exchange of lineup cards before the Tigers-Indians game today.  Jim Joyce takes the field and tears come to his eyes. He shakes Armando Galarraga’s hand and does his best to get to work.  The announcers laud him for “standing up like a man” in both coming out and doing his job today and in taking responsibility for his mistake last night.  Just gripping, gripping stuff.

Joyce has made his call.  Bud has made his. We must hold Bud’s feet to the fire over replay and improving umpiring, but those things notwithstanding, it’s time for everyone to move on, ain’t it?

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    The beat moment was when Galarraga gives Joyce a pat on the shoulder, and intentional or not, Joyce gives him a playful shove on the front shoulder as if to say “get outta here, you big lummox” Truly a father-son type tearjerker Kodak moment.

  2. Pistol - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    No one feels worse than Jim Joyce , I feel for him . If it was Joe West or a few other umpires I would be overly pissed at what happened. I saw the clip at home plate when the lineup cards were exchanged, and he was visibly upset . We all need to show compassion not only to the pitcher , but also to the umpire , no one wants what happened on their plate .

  3. frank pepe - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    it’s one thing to be dispassionate and/or contrarian but plenty of fans and kids take baseball very seriously and won’t move on as quickly as, respectfully, someone who reads the news all day and reports on it.

  4. Funzo - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Pretty great how 24 hours can turn a terrible twist of fate into a lovely teaching moment about forgiveness, a touching reminder about the humanity of everyone on the field, and maybe — just maybe — a start down the path towards an improved replay system.
    These gains may not seem “worth it,” especially not to Galarraga and Joyce, but they serve well enough as an object lesson on silver linings.
    Ah, baseball.

  5. Kevin C - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    I really admire how both Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga have conducted themselves. I respect that more than anything. Both are truly class acts.

  6. Detroit Michael - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    It’s hard for Detroit fans to feel it’s time to move on when Bud Selig didn’t actually make a call. His statement failed to address in any manner yesterday’s quasi-perfect game. Dodging the question is not the same as resolving it, even if one disagrees with the resolution.

  7. J - Jun 3, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Galarraga and Joyce have displayed uncommon class.
    Selig, on the other hand, is always talking about the integrity of records, but doesn’t have the courage to make this right.

  8. Brenda - Jun 3, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    These two men are true roll models for all the young boys playing baseball today. Much more so than the players that have earned records after using steroids!

  9. scatterbrian - Jun 3, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    That’s an awesome description, though I’m pretty much love any use of the word “lummox”

  10. Rob - Jun 3, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    I’ve always felt that Jim Joyce was one of the game’s better umpires. And his demeanor and true sense of sorrow for what he causes only bolsters that view.
    Calling bang-bang plays like that in real-tims is difficult. Sure, the reply clearly showed him out, but how many of us would get the calls right every single time.
    Baseball does need more instant reply. Jayson Stark has a very good idea – allow each manager 1 challenge per game – sort of how they do it in the NFL. They could challenge anything – fair/foul, trap/catch, caught stealing, etc. But they would get 1 per game so as not to slow down the game even further. As Stark points out this would be effective, because a manager would most likely save his challenge for the end of the game when a call reversal might really count.
    Hopefully Selig does something about it soon.

  11. david saint - Jun 3, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    For those calling for Jim Joyce’s head on a platter, riddle me this…when was the last time an official/ref of any professional sport came out publicly and admitted he screwed the pooch, and what was his name? i cant recall one in my 32 years of life and watching sports. Kudos for him eating the crow and admitting his mistake, and going the extra mile to say he was sorry to Galarraga’s face instead of some hamstrung, half arsed attempt….
    Galarraga may not have gotten the “perfect game”, but he showed the perfect attitude that im sure many will agree with me here, earned him many new fans..class, class act and the perfect example of sportmanship to teach young ones yearning to play the game right how its done.

  12. Chicago Fan - Jun 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    It’s never time to “move on” until justice is served. Joyce and Galarraga have done their part — but Selig continues to act like an imbecile. Mike Celizic called it right ( Instead of replay, ALL fans of baseball should put the pressure on Selig to reverse the call.

  13. CT Ace - Jun 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Here’s what no one wants to say. The call was so close that even Galarraga wasn’t sure. People are acting like this was a “Denkinger.” It wasn’t; it was a half-step, maybe .2 of a second. Tim Jerkjian said it was one of the worst calls ever. No, it wasn’t; it just came at the most inopportune of times for G. and the Tigers.
    In fact, no one really griped until they had seen the replay. Isn’t it nice that we can see things in super slo-mo?
    That being said, Commish Bud has shown his limp-wristedness once again. A reversal here would be unique … and deserved.

  14. JEG - Jun 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    First let me say that the class the Galarrage and Joyce have shown through this whole mess has made it easier to forgive the blown call. But to say it was a close “bang bang” call is really stupid. It wasn’t even close and it was one of the worst calls ever. Good god, even Joyce said it was a terrible call.

  15. adam - Jun 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    In a replay system, why would you give managers a challenge at all?
    If you put someone upstairs (as Craig has advocated), they would be watching everything and reviewing every play. If something was important enough to overturn (such as the 27th out of a perfect game), they radio down to the Crew Chief. There would be no need to have red flags flying on the field.
    If a manager thinks a call is wrong he’s still going to come out and argue it, that’s just baseball. Besides, he won’t know if the call has been ruled on by the man upstairs.
    I do think that balls and strikes should be off limits to instant replay, however. That is something that always has and always will be subjective. The hitters and pitchers learn how the umpire’s calling it that day and adjust accordingly. To make that reviewable would be an absolute nightmare.
    And to those who say replay will slow down the game, do you REALLY think the man upstairs is going to take longer than Jim Leyland trotting across the diamond and yelling at Jim Joyce?
    I’ll just echo the sentiment of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “Don’t let perfect get in the way of better.”

  16. SouthofHeaven - Jun 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    No doubt about it, Joyce manned up. Good man.

  17. joe - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Another first class moment in a great game that we call Baseball

  18. mario - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Joyce is a man. Galarraga is a man. Selig is a —-

  19. Bill - Jun 3, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Jim Joyce is a very good umpire who made a bad call, and if you’ve ever strapped it on as an umpire, the reverse angle replay shows why this call was missed…honestly, a non-umpire might not see it. Jim is consistently atop the player’s poll of umpires eaach year because of his ability, judgement and hustle. How many ejections did Jim Joyce have last season? The answer is ZERO. That speaks volumes as to the quality of his work and the amount of respect he gets and gives.
    A player makes millions, and if he gets a hit 3 out of 10 at bats, we put him on the Hall of Fame ballot.

  20. Rays fan - Jun 3, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    All true.
    Yes, it’s definitely time to move on.

  21. Gnort - Jun 4, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Pretty heartwarming to see that the public can give a humbled man a second chance when that doesn’t come often for many individuals. To err is to be human.

  22. geo59 - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Anybody notice that Jim Joyce is from Toledo, Ohio? As in Cleveland, Ohio. Perhaps there’s a bit of regional bias underlying his crocodile tears. I’m just saying…

  23. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Geography lesson: Toledo is closer to Detroit than Cleveland, and the city has historically followed the Tigers much more closely than the Indians.
    But thanks for playing!

  24. geo59 - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    I am postulating as to why Joyce might have made what looked like a subjective call. He displayed obvious guilt, as if he knows that he wasn’t being totally objective. He said himself that he “robbed the kid of his perfect game.” I was just wondering why. Your supposed “geography” lesson is irrelevant, and a bit presumptuous.

  25. Ken - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    OMG, “heartwarming”? “tearjerker”? really? you guys are so sappy.

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