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Umpire Jim Joyce apology to Galarraga: When have you admitted a mistake?

June 3, 2010

Call it the perfect apology to an almost-perfect game. After umpire Jim Joyce blew pitcher Armando Galarraga's hopes of a perfect game with a mistaken call in the 9th inning, two remarkable things happened.

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One, Mr. Galarraga didn't lose his temper. He didn't yell at the ump or even protest the call. He just smiled in a "you've got to be kidding me" way.

Second, Mr. Joyce apologized. In fact, after seeing the replay, asked to speak to Galarraga, then admitted his error and hugged him. "I just cost that kid a perfect game," he said.

In an era of hot tempers and inability to admit mistakes, this event shows restraint, remorse, and reconciliation.

Have you ever been in Galarraga's shoes? If so, have you been able to resist the temptation to lose your temper?

Have you ever been in Joyce's shoes? If so, have you been able to humbly admit your mistake?

How might you apply these lessons in your life?

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