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.”

11 Comments

I do give Joyce credit for admitting his mistake. Unfortunately, it still can’t make up for it. It showed a lot of classy on Galarraga’s part, and Leyland, for taking the high road.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

I am proud of Armando for his perfect game – but we should be equally as proud as how he has handled this in the public eye. That is class. I think other than the call itself Joyce stepped up and handled himself the best way he could as well. Baseball fans all over know what happened last night “there was a perfect game at Comerica Park pitched by Armando Galarraga on June 2nd 2010.”

My eyes were watering too – such a sad way to end the game, but I give a ton of credit to Joyce for stepping up and admitting he was wrong – can you imagine knowing your mistake changed baseball history? A lot of us make mistakes at work but am guessing none that garner this type of national attention.

Kudos to Armando – what an incredible performance, got some good luck with that bounce off of his foot and an outstanding catch by AJax. He was class through and through yesterday, couldn’t be more proud of him. I am proud too of his teammates for showing their frustration, they are human too and that would have been my first instinct as well.

Magical night, too bad it can’t be an official magical night, but GMan is back better than ever – I don’t think it was even mentioned on ESPN that this guy was in minor league ball a month ago.

One of the most frustrating parts of last night was I watched the game alone, husband was out with the guys and I had no one to stand with that final inning to see how it would play out.

Hey, I noticed we haven’t heard from our Russian Tiger friend this year – you still out there? Maybe you have posted and I missed it?

Armando will be remembered for his character and demeanor as much as the perfect game he threw last night. The Tigers were on every nightly news show over and over.

What this ump did is a crime. What he did is like a prosecutor finding someone guilty of a crime they didn’t commit. And, we all know how loathe they are to ever admit it. He admitted it, but do you still keep the guy in jail and declare him guilty? NO!!!!! Overturn it, Selig.
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AND, BRING ON THE MACHINES! I’ve seen enough!

My dad was an umpire for local games in the area’s we lived. He was a good umpire. I remember the mean, hateful, nasty things people said when they did not agree with the call. some players apologized to him afterwards. I respect Leyland and his team for the way they have handled this. Baseball used to be a recreational past-time for fun, family & friend get-togethers. Life doesn’t end when someone makes the wrong call, misses the ball, etc. Lets move on.
Kind words don’t wear out the tongue.

This isn’t just a game. It’s a business….a multi-million dollar industry. The game and players have changed since the old days when they made less than 100 thousand dollars a year. Everyone says it’s a business. It’s not little league or recreational ball.

My son’s life ended when someone made the wrong call. Make it right, MLB.

Justice!!!!

YOU know IM A YANKEE FAN,But if I was that pitcher Armando Galarraga I would had punched that umpire so bad right in face and then gave him my glove with a thanks…………………..

This is the only place that I can think about leaving a comment about the missed call during the Tiger/Indian game. An apology is not enough!!! This affects the quality of the game and fans like me are disappointed. This is nonsense that such an awful call can mold history in such a negative direction. The call needs to be reversed not because it would change the result of the game but because it will keep integrity in the game called baseball.

Be smart……………make a difference in the history of the game…………..preserve the fan base!!

Joan

This is the only place that I can think about leaving a comment about the missed call during the Tiger/Indian game. An apology is not enough!!! This affects the quality of the game and fans like me are disappointed. This is nonsense that such an awful call can mold history in such a negative direction. The call needs to be reversed not because it would change the result of the game but because it will keep integrity in the game called baseball.

Be smart……………make a difference in the history of the game…………..preserve the fan base!!

Joan

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