Years ago I attended an umpires school. I learned all the ins and outs of officiating a baseball game, including what you should do if you blow a call. What I was taught to do and what Jim Joyce did this week are two very different things.
I was taught to never admit any wrongdoing. No matter what happened I was to stick to my guns and say that the call I made was the right one. There was no place for accountability in umpiring.
I don't know what Jim Joyce was taught in umpries school. He may very well have been taught the same thing. But what he did after blowing that call in Armando Galarraga's perfect game was absolutely the right thing. He stood up and took responsibility for his wrongdoing.
Personally speaking, being accountable is a very hard thing to do. I was thinking about it this morning and realized that I don't have the guts to do what Jim Joyce did. If it were me in that situation, I'd be making all kinds of excuses and, as a result, would be making a complete fool of myself. Thank God I didn't get past little league in my umpiring career!
I tip my cap to you, Jim Joyce, model of accountability.