The universe can be an odd place at times.

Baseball enthusiasts might remember the name Jim Joyce. Joyce is a seasoned umpire in Major League Baseball, whose career so far has spanned over 25 years. During this time, he has officiated two World Series and three All-Star games. Despite his accolades however, his name made sports headlines across the country for infamously blowing a call which cost Detroit Tigers picture Armando Galarraga a highly coveted perfect game. Here’s the clip, if you can stomach it (sorry, Tigers fans):

After that, baseball fans all over the country were calling for Joyce to be fired. There was even a short-lived Facebook campaign to get him removed from his position. Fortunately, though – for one extremely fortunate young lady – Joyce was able to keep his job:

Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce is being hailed as a hero for making a life-saving call before the first pitch had even been thrown at a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Florida Marlins.

Joyce, 56, was heading to the umpire’s dressing room on Monday night at Phoenix’s Chase Field when he saw a stadium employee begin to shake and collapse to the ground, according to MLB.com.

Joyce, a 24-year veteran umpire, did not immediately respond to a request for comment today, but he told his story to MLB.com.

“I knew something was wrong,” Joyce told MLB.com. “And I knew if something wasn’t done, this lady could actually die in front of me. It was more instinct than anything else.”

Joyce began performing CPR on the woman to the tune of “Staying Alive,” which is often used to time the chest compressions during the maneuver.

While Joyce was performing CPR, Marlins bullpen coordinator Jeffrey Urgelles arrived to help. Urgelles was a firefighter and paramedic in Florida.

A first-responder arrived with an automatic external defibrillator (AED), which they used while Joyce continued CPR.

The woman, Jayne Powers, was eventually taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital where she regained consciousness.

Read the rest of the article here.

So following an application of inductive logic:

  1. Joyce would’ve been fired after the blown call. Which meant…
  2. He would not have been on staff or at the game to intervene. Which meant…
  3. A woman would be dead.

OK, my assertions might be a little hyperbolic. Or perhaps, it really does show how certain events in the universe are tied together. In some fascinating way (at least, fascinating to me), you can could almost identify the point at which one person’s life was impacted by what happened in another person’s life. Can we reasonably conclude that Ms. Powers is alive simply because Mr. Joyce wasn’t fired and not in the position to conduct CPR on her? Of course not.  If Joyce wasn’t there, it could have just as easily been somebody else who was. But it is interesting to use his not getting fired as a starting point in this chance encounter with – and eventual intervention against – death. It kinda makes me wonder how certain events taking place in my life affect others.

Whatever the case, congratulations Mr. Joyce. A person is alive directly because of your quick thinking and kind heartedness. I hope this ultimate act of humanity will absolve you of some insignificant sin in the eyes of sports enthusiasts. It certainly has with me.

– ACL

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