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And he likes puppies too! See? He’s just like you and me. Too bad his work mistakes are magnified to the point that Twitter users explode with rage-filled invectives (140 characters only, please). When’s the last time a mistake you made generated responses to the tune of 46 per minute
? Now, is this an “all is forgiven” post? No, not really. But before you run out and help populate Fire Jim Joyce sites
, take a second to consider your worst gaffe ever and think about how you’d feel if everyone with an internet connection was calling for you to be fired. Or worse.
Furthermore, it’s doubtful you’re going to make Joyce feel any worse than he already does.
On the night Jim Joyce made himself a household name, what stood out to me was the reaction of Armando Galarraga. After Joyce absolutely shit all over Galarraga’s perfect game, did the pitcher freak out and accost Joyce? Did he throw his glove and act petulant, something, considering the circumstances, that would’ve been completely understandable? Nope. Instead, Galarraga offered a picture-perfect smile, one that hid a myriad of messages. Things like, “You sure?” or “Now, now. Perhaps you should take another look.”
One thing it didn’t contain was malice.
Obviously, the pitcher knew he had beaten Jason Donald to the bag — in fact, everyone besides Joyce knew what the call should’ve been — but instead of exploding in a ball of reactive emotion, Galarraga simply smiled. Joyce himself admitted he would’ve jumped in an umpire’s face if the circumstances were reversed, making Galarraga’s reaction almost as perfect as the game he was robbed of. Check out the audio below.
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