Phillies Venerable Jamie Moyer, 47, Quiets Yankee Bats, Salves Childrens’ Hearts
June 16, 2010
Let us praise, let us celebrate the enduring arm—and giving heart— of the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer.
On Wednesday night, at the venerable athletic age of 47, he became the oldest pitcher ever to beat the New York Yankees.
In a convincing two-hit performance at Yankee Stadium days after one of the worst starts of his career, the venerable, left-hander earned his 265th victory in his 680th regular season appearance after facing his 16,977th batter. His pitch speed was often a mere 77 miles an hour, but his location was precise and his craft cunning as he went seven innings in the 6-3 victory. The gray stubble on his chin had a mythological sparkle to it.
His win came on the 24th anniversary of his debut on June 16, 1986 at Wrigley Field, when he defeated the Philllies and Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. He has since earned one World Series ring, with the 2008 Phillies, and twice placed among the top five candidates for the Cy Young Award, the highest achievement for a pitcher in Major League Baseball.
Now, I confess it. I’m a Yankee fan. But I’m even a greater fan of endurance, passion, and guts. And beyond demonstrating those qualities, Moyer is also a man of considerable caring.
With the help of his wife, Karen, The Moyer Foundation has created 225 different programs that help children in distress. The foundation has also created and funds Camp Erin, the largest network of bereavement camps in the country for children and teens who are grieving a significant loss. “It’s a privilege and an honor to be a professional athlete,” Moyer, who has earned tens of millions of dollars throwing a baseball, said the other day. “But I’m also privileged and honored to be able to give something back.”