Galarraga, Joyce hug it out
Not only was home-plate umpire Jim Joyce apologetic over his missed call that thwarted Armando Galarraga’s perfect game, he was up-front about it — not just to the media, to Gallarraga.
“He asked if he could see Armando,” said Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, “and I brought Armando in there and he
apologized profusely to him and he said he just felt terrible. They hugged each
other and Armando said ‘I understand.’”
The meeting took place in around the umpires’ room after Joyce had already talked with reporters. It was short and sweet.
“He understands,” Galarraga said. “I give him a lot of credit for coming in and saying ‘Hey, I need to talk to you to say I’m sorry.’ That doesn’t happen. You don’t seen an umpire after the game come out and say ‘Hey, let me tell you I’m sorry.’ He apologized to me and he felt really bad. He didn’t even shower. He was in the same clothes. He gave me a couple hugs.”
Asked what was said, Galarraga said it wasn’t much.
“He used his body language,” Galarraga said. “His body language said more than words. His eyes were watering. You don’t have to say much. His body language said a lot.”