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Hero Umpire: Jim Joyce saves a Diamondbacks employee’s life

Aug 21, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

Jim Joyce

If anyone was still holding the Armando Galarraga stuff against Jim Joyce, I believe the ledger is more than balanced by now. Scott Miller of CBS reports:

Joyce administered CPR to a Diamondbacks’ game-day employee in a tunnel leading to the umpires’ dressing room minutes on his way into the ballpark Monday, saving her life in a moment nobody who was in the vicinity at Chase Field will soon forget.

Miller has the whole story. The woman is now apparently stable. And Jim Joyce — widely considered to be one of the best umps in the business, his one night notwithstanding — can add hero to the title as well.

  1. IdahoMariner - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Wow. Nice work. I already thought the way he handled all the stuff around the blown call was pretty great. Now he is an actual hero. Anyone still giving him crap will likely have to answer to this woman and her loved ones.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Not sure who thumbs downed you, but they’re either a troll or a complete douche; I bet even Galarraga wouldn’t consider thumbs down that post, even if you had asked him on the day of the blown call.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        A few gutless people who won’t bother to let us all know who they are and why they thumbed down would be my guess.

        No worries, no fuss. The important thing is the lady is alive and Jim joyce is responsible for it. He’s a hero, no doubt.

    • cur68 - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      What you said, Mariner and I’d like to add A Tip O’ the Blue Jays Cap to Mr. Joyce, too. I always liked the way he called games and this just confirms what I’ve long thought: not only the best Ump In MLB but a quick thinking person, too.

  2. pens5829 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Kudo’s to Jim Joyce!!!

  3. bobdira - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Joyce did everything he could and should have done to right the wrong call. He was even with the Karma then. Now he’s on the plus side. Not only does he admit his mistakes and ask forgiveness for them but he is able ot help those in need. Seems he’s a genuine good guy.

  4. dondada10 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    This time I’m glad that Joyce blew it.

    • number42is1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      /clap /clap /clap

    • IdahoMariner - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Seriously, excellent post. Bravo.

  5. vallewho - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Good job JJ. I bet that woman is glad that the cowboy’s crew was not working that series.

  6. raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    CPR is a skill all should learn. This lady is alive because Jim Joyce did. Big kudos to him.

  7. stackers1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Great stuff. Glad he was there & knew what to do.

    Now if only JJ could lower that “Strieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek” call of his.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Without that call, he wouldn’t have the lung stamina to perform CPR. And a woman would be dead today. Is that what you want?!?!?!?!?

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Atta boy Jim! CPR is a great and easy skill but early defibrillation is always going to be better. I wish I saw more AED’s in ballparks. They are very easy to use. Waiting for those EMT’s to weave through the crowd on those golf cart ambulances sometimes takes a while.

    • cur68 - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      The latest AEDs, the ones they put in public buildings all over Alberta, Canada, are ridiculously easy to use. A child could use one, they are that simple. CPR is a bit more chancy because keeping your cool while your back is killing you, your knees are on fire, sweat’s getting in your eyes, you’ve forgotten what the count is, and, most difficult, the victim’s ribs are breaking, the family is screaming, and you have this creeping realization that things are not going to go well…that shit’s hard. You start to pray, even if you’ve never prayed once in your life before. You pray like a mo-fo that someone turns up with an AED. Taking all that into consideration, Jim Joyce is a STUD.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        Ditto. Fully automated AEDs are a snap.

  9. sportsdrenched - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    At least for every Curt Schilling, there is a Jim Joyce. Good for him. I should probably get recertified in CPR.

    And Jim Joyce should never change his: Strieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Call.

  10. El Bravo - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Atta boy indeed!

  11. monkeyjuice313 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Grudge lifted. Compassion restored.

  12. thomas2727 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Thanks goodness Jim Joyce had the proper training to save her life.

    I cannot even imagine how awesome it would feel to know you saved somebody’s life.

  13. dutchman45 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Far more important then blowing a call in any game. Congrats to him.

  14. sabatimus - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Fantastic work by Jimmy. Fantastic! That’ll (I hope) mean more to him than any game he’ll ever ump.

  15. thatyankeedude - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I all of a sudden respect that name more now ” Jim the hero joyce”

  16. imaginesuperbowlwin - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    In addition to having the best strike call in baseball, this is one more reason to love JJ.

  17. stairwayto7 - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Must have been one of those 80 year old foulball girls they use.

  18. bflbilsfan - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    hey stairwayto7 I am one of the GOLDEN GLOVERS at Chase field and damn proud of it. What Mr Joyce did was fantastic no matter who it was. Jim wtg !!!!!!!!!

  19. theboysofdallas - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM


  20. tonystrong - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    What people don’t get about Joyce’s blown call is that it actually made Galarraga more money then pitching the perfect game would have. Galarraga retired the next guy which technically made him get 28 guys out in a row. The fact that the blown call was a moment in baseball history and the fact Galarraga got the next guy, it made it even more historical. People in the sports business world have stated that both Joyce and Galarraga will make money off this moment with signings and appearances for the rest of their lives. So while Joyce made a bad call, he actually made himself and Galarraga a butt load of money in retirement. And considering Joyce’s age and the fact that Galarraga doesn’t seem to be having much of a career after that moment, they both could be making money off that moment a lot sooner then later!

    And also much love to Joyce for saving a life. Many people panic in moments like that and for him to save this woman’s life, it truly does make him a hero. Didn’t want to post on that without mentioning the guy not only saving a life, but probably saving a family. Death not only affects the person that dies, but also puts family’s into grieving. Joyce should be applauded for stepping into action!!

  21. bshuclassof2012 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I loved Ulysses.

  22. jfinn5 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    I got to meet Joyce at a restaurant in spring training and he talked to me and my wife about baseball for couple hours. Just a great guy, this does not surprise me. Way to go Jim!

  23. papalurchdxb - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    hands up anyone else who read the story and thought it’s about time to get the refresher course booked for CPR training?

    Excellent work JJ, a bigger man than most.

  24. Walk - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    Well done. It is great to see stories like this get the attention they deserve. Watching the news at night usually saddens me to no end as the overwhelming majority of them are tragedies. It is the few like this that makes me feel better at night, again well done mr joyce, hopefully the lady involved recovers fully and is resting comfortably.

  25. dawglb - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Awesome! One of the good guys in baseball!

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