“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”
James Joyce, author
Sports columnist Tom Boswell included this quote at the end of a column he wrote this week on the tremendous class showed by umpire Jim Joyce, after he blew a call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a history-making perfect game. In a departure from what we usually see in sports, Joyce promptly acknowledged his mistake and apologized. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check out this clip:
Galarraga was a complete class act as well. Instead of exploding in anger and throwing a fit, which seems to be all but standard in professional sports these days, he kept his cool and told Joyce it was okay.
This whole episode is an inadvertent case study in the unexpected benefits that can come from owning up to mistakes. Joyce still feels awful, but by promptly admitting he was wrong and accepting responsibility, he comes off as a very human and honest man.