For those that don’t know the story, Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga needed one more out in order to cement a perfect game.
And on what looked to be a routine play… it seemed he had it as he stepped on first base ball in hand a full step before the runner did.
Unfortunately, umpire Jim Joyce didn’t see it the same way as he called the runner safe.
To be blunt, it may go down as the single most “blown” call of all time. After watching a replay Joyce commented, “Oh my God, it was out. Not even a close play.”
And while the baseball fanatics are screaming for more instant replay I, myself, have been overwhelmed with another aspect of the story.
You see, for me, the “story” is all about the way Jim Joyce handled his mistake.
He didn’t make excuses. He didn’t blame anyone else. No, he admitted his mistake with sincere contrition.
The image above is of him stepping onto the field the night after his mistake. He was crying and he hugged Galarraga and apologized.
It’s life lessons like these I want my children to learn. You see, everyone makes mistakes. Everyone.
But not everyone takes complete ownership for their mistake the way Jim Joyce did.
I do feel bad for Armando Galarraga. To be sure, he was robbed of a magical moment. A moment he may never get close to again.
But, perhaps the life lesson Jim Joyce taught millions of people around this country – and perhaps the world – will make more of an impact when it’s all said and done.
Well done, Jim Joyce. Well done.