MLB umpire Jim Joyce has made plenty of key calls in his life, but this was his most important and most timely when he performed CPR on a Arizona Diamondbacks employee before the Miami Marlins game. He tended to her in the tunnel that leads to the umpires dressing room at Chase Field about 90 minutes before first pitch.
“It was non-normal. I don’t know what word to put on it. It’s obviously never happened to me before.”
The umpire says he learned CPR in high school and had used it before, but not in several years.
The rest of his crew Lance Barrett, Jim Reynolds and James Hoye saw the woman on the ground having a seizure. Joyce, 56, continued administering CPR as paramedics arrived.
New York Mets ace knuckleballer R.A Dickey experienced, as he put it, “a bizarre outing” Wednesday night. First, he was asked to remove friendship bracelets that his daughter made him. Umpiring crew chief Jim Joyce, following an MLB directive, asked Dickey to cut the bracelets off during the second inning.
Dickey went on to allow 10 hits, including three home runs, and two walks in six innings of an eventual 6-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He didn’t appreciate the bracelet episode but wouldn’t use it as an excuse.
“I was a little angry at first but they asked me to cut them off and I did,” Dickey said.
He later added: “When you throw mediocre knuckleballs and (hitters) don’t miss them, they can be hit a long way.”
Dickey’s daughters made the bracelets for him for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in January.
“I’ve had them on for every start, every bullpen session, since January. I didn’t think about it every inning,” Dickey said.
Back on February 9, we posted the report that umpire Jim Joyce and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Armando Galarrage would be co-authoring a book together about the famous near perfect game entitled “Nobody’s Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History.” In the post I raised the question that they now being business partners should Joyce be allowed to umpire any game in which Galarraga is involved in.
Turns out yesterday a day before the anniversary of the near perfect game, MLB has banned Joyce from umpiring “any series in which Galarraga’s team plays.”
Although the ruling wasn’t official Joyce had already been replaced by another umpire when his crew worked a Diamondbacks series in early May. It’s a similar arrangement with umpire Jim Wolf and his brother, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf. Wolf is allowed to umpire games involving his brother’s team, but is not allowed to call balls and strikes when his brother is pitching.
It’s not all good though for Galarraga these days as he currently is in Triple-A for the Reno Aces after posting a 5.91 ERA in eight starts for the Diamondbacks. and overall since the game is 5-12 with a 5.10 ERA in 29 starts.
The book, “Nobody’s Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History,” written with Daniel Paisner, is due out Thursday.
Umpire Jim Joyce’s who’s blown call that cost then Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game have now both argeed to co-author a book about the incident and the the aftermath. On June 2 Atlantic Monthly Press will release “Nobody’s Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History,” a book in which Joyce and Galarraga are listed as co-authors, along with with Daniel Paisner.
The book deal has some people question if the Joyce should be allowed to umpire another game in which Galarraga, who is know in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, because of them being business partners. No matter what happens going forward a lifetime has already been shared between the two.
Yesterday at the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert “Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear”, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was awarded a “Medal of Reasonableness” for the way he handled umpire Jim Joyce blowing his perfect game. The rally featured The Roots, John Legend, Cat Stevens, Ozzy Osbourne and Kid Rock, just to name a few of the performers and thousands in attendance as the event was a parody of some of the political-oriented rallies that were held in Washington D.C. earlier in the year.
As part of the event Stewart handed out “Medal of Reasonableness” awards for individuals who demonstrated rationality. Galarraga appeared at the rally via satellite from Venezuela, accepting the award that serves as more recognition of how well he handled the whole situation and keeping his cool about the whole thing.
Your a parent and your little Tommy is a huge sports fan so what do you dress him up for Halloween with so many options? Well the Wall Street Journal gives you some of 2010′s best moments to choose from. However if little Tommy chooses to dress up as the Vuvuzela that means you just got handed the responsibilities of knocking on all the doors and carrying the bag of candy, not so cute now.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York has received the infamous first base from the Imperfect Perfect Game in which umpire Jim Joyce blew the call on Detriot Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga chance at history. The famous first base wasn’t the only thing that made it’s way to Cooperstown as Galarraga’s cleats, the ball from the final out also found a new home.
Galarraga’s career might not land him in Cooperstown but he is now forever part of baseball lore and a part of the museum’s collection.
Sure by now the name Jim Joyce is burned into your mind from all the ESPN cut ins and leading off their telecast to his name being a trending a topic on Twitter within 46 seconds after the blown call. From a OG baseball fan as myself the sad part of watching it play out over and over is that it wasn’t even a close call in MLB umpiring standards.
Joyce has admitted his wrong doing and even apologized to the Detroit Tigers and pitcher Armando Galarraga but will never live down his mistake. Quicker than a blink of an eye and Joyce’s family name has been forever altered even beyond his death.
Hell the Boston Red Sox have erased the Babe Ruth jinx with two World Series wins in recent years but somehow the name Bill Buckner still rings shame and carries a dark cloud over it with many Red Sox fans.
The name Jim Joyce is forever ingrained in baseball and sport fans heads from this date forward. His life will never be the same but there needs to be recognition of his admission of his mistake and not living in denial. Plus standing on the line taking all the bullets that have and will come his way. What else more can you ask or except from a human being.
The Detriot Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team will not ask MLB to overturn the call.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to first base umpire Jim Joyce of the Detriot Tigers and Cleveland Indians game. Joyce made the controversial safe call that robbed Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game on the 27th and final out of the ball game in which TV replays clearly showed Indians Jason Donald to be out.
Joyce has umpired in Major League Baseball for over 22 years and in a flash will forever be known for the call he got wrong. If Galarraga would have been rewarded the correct call it would have been the Tigers, who have been in existence since 1902, first ever perfect game and baseball third in one season a feat never accomplished in one season.
Joyce admitted he blew the call and cost Galarraga the perfect game after seeing the replay.