In case you missed it, Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers made what should have been one of the most memorable catches in MLB history last night to preserve what (at the time) was a perfect game. You can see it here.
Unfortunately, it was overshadowed a couple of minutes later by a horrible mistake by an umpire. Instead of justifiably losing his mind and arguing the call, pitcher Armando Galarraga smiled and walked away.
By all accounts, veteran umpire Jim Joyce is very good at his job, and cares a lot about getting calls right. He is pretty well-respected within MLB. After the game, when he had a chance to review the replay, he was moved to tears and sought out Galarraga to make his apology. It was a classy move by a guy that, instead of denying his mistake, decided to step up and own it, along with whatever consequences it might bring.
Even bad situations can have strong lessons.
I’ve written in this blog before about a baseball team that I help coach, and last Thursday night we had a game. Early on, it was a back-and-forth contest but ultimately our team put it away in the last two innings and won by a final score of 16-6. As our sixteenth run crossed the plate, the game ended early because of a “mercy rule”. When the umpire pronounced the game over, our team celebrated like they had just won the World Series. The other coaches and I quickly admonished them and got them in line to shake hands with the other team. After the game, while the other team packed up their gear and left, our team was running laps around the baseball field. The lesson was clear – show class in victory and in defeat.
Some coaches and teams believe in this philosophy while others do not. We think showing class is important.
This Saturday EXAIR is sponsoring a team in the “Redlegs Run for Home 5K” race to benefit the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund. Four of our employees volunteered to participate, but one had to have an emergency appendectomy last weekend. As the list of volunteers to actually run 5 kilometers was very short (i.e., nonexistent), I asked my sixteen year old son if he would “pinch hit”.
He had only two questions:
1) What do I have to do?
2) Do you get anything for doing it?
When I explained that he’d get a t-shirt and a free ticket to a game, he said “I’m in”. Apparently he’ll do anything for baseball and funnel fries. Well that, and he’ll get to see Corky Miller’s epic facial hair. It’s enough to give “The Most Interesting Man in the World” and Barry Melrose beard envy.
This event is one example of EXAIR being involved in the community. We feel like it’s the right thing to do.
In his inaugural address in 1981, our 40th President Ronald Reagan said “there is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit”.
Words to live by.