Jim Joyce Wipes Away Tears One Day Later

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, right, hands the lineup card umpire Jim Joyce before the Detroit Tigers-Cleveland Indians MLB baseball game in Detroit Thursday, June 3, 2010. AP Photo/Paul Sancya


It’s not Kentucky, but it’s a story worth telling.

Major League Baseball’s Jim Joyce took the field as he wiped away tears only one day after blowing a call that would have given Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Joyce has admitted missing a call at first base Wednesday night on what would’ve been the final out. The veteran ump personally apologized to Galarraga after the game and hugged him.

In a sign of true professionalism and humanism, Joyce and Galarraga met at home plate Thursday afternoon as the pitcher presented the umpire with the Tigers’ lineup card. Joyce shook hands with Galarraga and patted him on the shoulder.

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