November 30, 2021

Weighing In On the Jim Joyce Call in the Tigers Vs. Indians Game

Baseball needs instant replay after Galaragga debacle

“…as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience.” — Malcolm Gladwell , author of Blink and The Tipping Point .

THURSDAY, June 3 HE’S SAFE: If you haven’t heard already, umpire Jim Joyce made a colossal bad call in the Tigers versus Indians game Tuesday night that cost former Mud Hen Armando Gallaragga a perfect game.
Read more on The Toledo Blade

I am sure by now that unless you are living under a rock, you have heard about this “bad call”.  But…let’s think again.  If you listen to the interview on Social Intelligence and Leadership, you will hear Daniel Golman talk about how we all have to understand that we have emotional responses…sometimes great…sometimes not.  I can see how this “bad call” could have happened.

Imagine…the momentum of a perfectly pitched game…batter up…umpire ready to call “Safe” or “Out”…adrenaline pumping…anything can happen.

So…do we need to tap into technology?  Eh…why not?  Since it’s available to us, I say WHY NOT?  But, as of today, June 3, 2010, in the world of baseball, instant replays mean absolutely nothing.  And…as the above article stated…at least Joyce had the guts to “man up”, own his mistake and apologize.  It will always sting, but he is only human.

Let’s all give this man (and ourselves) a break!

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