Jim Joyce has been there at some big moments

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Jim Joyce

Umpire Jim Joyce participates in a news conference regarding the obstruction call against Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox during Game 3 of the World Series that lead to the game-winning run for the St. Louis Cardinals. Boston defeated St. Louis, 4-2- in the series to claim its third title in the past 10 years. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images / November 26, 2013)

When she was fully recovered, she held a party and Joyce was there. Before she allowed anybody to enter, she had each person sign a pledge that they would learn CPR in the next six months. All signed.

And the calls go on

Joyce, 58, lives in the Portland suburb of Beaverton, Ore. He and Kay have son Jimmy Jr., 30, and daughter Keri, 26.

Joyce has had more than his allotment of 15 minutes of fame, and he even addressed that shortly after the Galarraga incident: "I certainly didn't want my 15 minutes of fame to be like this. I'd rather have it come in a World Series game."

Now, he says, "I wish I hadn't said that. I don't really want 15 minutes of fame. I don't like the attention. I'm proud of my career, proud of major league umpires and what they do. That's enough."

Torre was approached recently in the paddock at Santa Anita, where his horse, Game On Dude, was to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

There are rumors that Jim Joyce might retire, he was told. Any truth to that?

Torre got a stricken look on his face and said, "God, I hope not."

This week, Joyce confirmed that, when it is time to play ball in 2014, he will be found near a base or behind a plate.

It will be his 27th year in the majors. America's pastime is grateful.

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