Ohio man with same name as infamous ump gets calls
Friday, June 4, 2010
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man had to turn off his phone service because he shares the same name with the umpire who blew a call that cost a Detroit pitcher a perfect game.
The Toledo man says the harassing calls started not long after the bad call on Wednesday night and some were pretty vulgar.
Jim Joyce tells WTOL-TV the confusion came about because umpire Jim Joyce grew up in Toledo and graduated from high school in the city, which is about 50 miles south of Detroit.
Joyce says he got at least 40 irate calls and someone even posted his name, address and phone number on Facebook.
He says he's a Tigers fan and was watching the game when the other Jim Joyce got the call wrong on the final out at first base involving Tigers' pitcher Armando Galarraga.