We all know Jim Joyce totally screwed up then Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Armando Galarraga’s perfect game back in 2010. Galarraga only had one out left to complete his perfect game, and Joyce called Jason Donald safe at first base on a ground ball, even though he was out on the replay.
But hopefully instead of being remembered as the man who blew the Galarraga’s perfect game (Galarraga now pitches for the Houston Astros, so that’s why that was probably his only shot at perfection), Jim Joyce should now be remembered as a life-saver.
According to CBS Sports, Joyce gave an Arizona Diamondbacks employee CPR after she suffered a seizure before last night’s game between the D-Backs and the Miami Marlins. Joyce was the only person in the vicinity of the struggling woman, and with his knowledge of CPR, he was able to keep the woman from dying until the paramedics arrived. At first, the combination of Joyce’s CPR and the defibrillator did not successfully work on the woman. However, the woman was able to breathe regularly and is now in stable condition.
Here’s what Joyce had to say about the ordeal:
“It was non-normal. I don’t know what word to put on it. It’s obviously never happened to me before.
“I’ve had to use CPR before. This is something everybody should know. Everybody should know what to do in a circumstance like that. It’s not a hard thing. You don’t need a degree. It’s very simple, and very easy.”
Joyce was scheduled to ump home plate last night, but after offers from his colleagues to move to third base for the night, he declined.
“It was very emotional, I’ll be honest with you. But I didn’t want to go to third base because just standing there, literally, [the incident] is all I would have thought about all night. I wouldn’t have been able to think about anything else.
“Going behind the plate, I would have something to do every minute. I could just do my job. But I’ll be honest with you, there were still times during the game that I was thinking about it.”