Honesty…IS a lonely word
Posted by JasMollica
“It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the (stuff) out of it. I just cost that kid a perfect game.” Jim Joyce
By now you’ve all seen, heard, downloaded the perfect imperfection that was Armando Galaragga’s pitching effort on June 2. For those who haven’t, a quick recap. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Indians batter Jason Donald grounded a ball to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Bang bang play, Galarraga covers… PERFECT GAME! Not.
Umpire Jim Joyce ruled that Donald beat the throw. I was sitting in my booth at Coca-Cola Field during a rain delay of the Buffalo Bisons-Syracuse Chiefs game. Those gathered around the TV were stunned at what we saw. Donald was clearly out and Galarraga should be celebrating baseball imortality.
Joyce admitted after the game that he blew the call. And here’s where my PR side kicked in. The fact that Joyce went back a reviewed his actions and then faced the music was very smart. In PR, we do the very, very best to be honest, open, and transparent. Sometimes, in working to be honest, we inadvertently make a mistake.
Here’s what you do. Correct it. NOW. That’s what Jim Joyce did. He realized his mistake, checked it out, then went before the media to say he was wrong.
The problem is that honesty isn’t exactly prevalent lately. We’ve got Toyota and BP hiding behind possible false statements. We are well aware of how truthful some athletes have been about their on and off the field actions. How hard is it to be honest about what you’ve done wrong? Apparently very hard.
In Joyce’s case, he manned up and took his lumps. It was a terrible mistake, in the moment. Overall, he’ll be more likely remembered for the mistake instead of the honesty he showed afterwards. That’s the shameful part.
I’d rather see him be given a pat on the back for his honesty, not a kick in the pants for the missed call.
About JasMollica"It's never too late to have a life and it's never too late to change one." That's something I tell students, friends, and family all the time. After living and working in New York City, I took my own advice in 2004, switched my career from the television/radio industry and got into public relations. Now, I spend my days as a PR/social media marketing consultant and get inspired daily. It's been a good ride, so far. But the car has plenty of gas left. I hope you'll join along in this guy's journey!
Posted on June 3, 2010, in Hot Topic, Public Relations, Social Media, Sports and tagged Armando Galaragga, baseball, BP, Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians, Coca-Cola Field, Detroit Tigers, false, Jason Donald, Jason Mollica, Jim Joyce, Miguel Cabrera, MLB, PR, Public Relations, rain delay, Syracuse Chiefs, Toyota, truth. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.