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A Different Kind of Perfect
Tom Verducci (with special reporting by Melissa Segura)
June 14, 2010
Armando Galarraga lost a place in history, but he and Jim Joyce gave us something sweeter: a lesson in sportsmanship
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June 14, 2010

A Different Kind Of Perfect

Armando Galarraga lost a place in history, but he and Jim Joyce gave us something sweeter: a lesson in sportsmanship

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Said Joyce, "Baseball is a great game. And it is life to a lot of us. But when you hear things like that, it does put a lot of things in perspective."

By Saturday, Joyce considered himself a fortunate man. "The whole thing switched," he says, "and became all positive."

It was hard to explain, Joyce said, without thinking about his father. Back at the factory in Toledo, James Joyce Jr. occasionally would leave his office, dressed in his suit and tie, to make sure everything was fine on the assembly line with Ellouise and Jim, dressed in their blue jeans and T-shirts.

"The way this turned out," he said, "I'm not so sure he didn't have an active part in this. I'm not a metaphysical guy. But this has turned this way for a reason. There had to be some reason for this to happen this way. Where does it come from? I'm just going to say my dad is still helping me."

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