Umpire Jim Joyce Gives CPR to Diamondbacks Employee, Redeems Himself as a Human Being

Unless you're a huge follower of Major League Baseball, there's probably only one reason you'd know the name of umpire Jim Joyce -- two seasons ago, he blew a call in the bottom of the ninth inning to deny Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Joyce later apologized to Galarraga, but still became the fans' most hated umpire in baseball.

Joyce apparently isn't the guy you want near first base if you're working on a perfect game, but if one of your employees collapses -- he might be one of the better guys to have around the ballpark.

From's Mike Bauman:

Joyce, a Major League umpire for 23 years, helped to save a woman's life Monday at Chase Field in a Phoenix. The woman, who has worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks since their inaugural season of 1998, had collapsed.

Joyce, on his way to the umpires' dressing room, arrived on the scene and was told by the woman's colleagues that she was having a seizure. But Joyce noticed that the woman was not breathing and began to administer CPR. A first responder arrived shortly after that with an automatic external defibrillator.

Jayne Powers, a D-backs food-service employee, was eventually taken to a hospital, where her condition was stabilized and she had a pacemaker implanted. But doctors later said that the quick work of Joyce and the first responder had very likely saved Powers' life.

Interestingly enough, if that employee had collapsed at Chase Field last year, Joyce wouldn't have been there.

After Joyce's call in Galarraga's game, the two wound up co-authoring a book about the game, thus creating a "business relationship," according to the MLB. Joyce was not allowed to be an umpire in a game where Galarraga's team was playing -- which, last year, was the Diamondbacks.

So, thank goodness for the Diamondbacks organization that Joyce was there (and Galarraga's pitching ability really declined). Let the record reflect, Joyce is not an awful person -- in fact, he's pretty decent.

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