His bosses, though, wouldn’t let him.
“You know me _ I’d normally do it in a heartbeat,” Joyce said about 90 minutes before Friday’s game between Detroit and Baltimore. “But I got a call yesterday from Major League Baseball saying that I’m under restriction, and that all interview requests have to be approved by them.”
Joyce was scheduled to work the plate for Friday’s game _ the first time he umpired with Galarraga on the mound since the near-perfect game on June 2. On that night, Galarraga retired the first 26 batters, and appeared to have finished the perfect game on a grounder by Cleveland’s Jason Donald.
The pair publicly reconciled the next afternoon, when Tigers manager Jim Leyland surprised Joyce by sending Galarraga to the plate with the lineup card. The pair hugged _ a gesture that caused Joyce to tear up again. Joyce and Galarraga had one highly publicized meeting this summer, when they teamed up to present an award at the ESPYs.
Galarraga downplayed the reunion on Thursday.
“It was going to happen sooner or later _ he’s going to do his job and I’ll do mine,” he said. “I’ll say hi to him like I do everyone else. It will be no big deal.”