The near perfect game is over, but the story continues on. An umpire made a call that cost a pitcher a perfect game. When the umpire saw the instant replay, he went over and apologized. And the pitcher accepted his apology. Listen to his words at the video link in this story on the Padres website.
What is most striking is that Jim Joyce pointed out that his call cost pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. And yet, Galarraga never said a word to Joyce despite the furor on the baseball field. Instead, when Joyce apologized, Galarraga accepted.
A relationship example of forgiveness and elegance
I must repeat what I said in my earlier article with comments from Tom Verducci – SI.com. This sportsmanship is a perfect example for couples.
How often does a husband do something to upset his wife and when he tries to apologize, she accepts it in a lukewarm way and then gives him the cold shoulder for the rest of the night? Or worse, she continues the argument.
How often does a wife say, “I’m sorry” to her husband only to hear him say, “Sure,” and leave the room.
Listen to this umpire
Listen to Joyce on this video within the story on Padres.com, which noted: “The story hasn’t yet faded from national headlines: the missed call that Joyce made at first base in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s Tigers-Indians game, costing Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. And it certainly hasn’t faded from Joyce’s memory, even after an emotional return to work at Comerica Park on Thursday.
“Joyce, speaking with a crowd of media an hour before Friday’s game, talked candidly about the incident, the media, his legacy and how one split-second call has changed his life.
“Most of all, though, he spoke about the response from fans.” Joyce heartened by response from fans –
Selig sits it out
Many had hoped that Bud Selig, Baseball Commissioner would reverse the call today. He did not. Bud Selig fails to use power of his office to reverse call, award …says the New York Daily News.
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