On Tuesday night, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a game in the Major Leagues. As anyone who has followed Major League Baseball for any time period, then they will surely know of Jamie Moyer and his long tenure in baseball.
Moyer is 49 years old and is in a comeback season from elbow surgery that most thought would end his already lengthy career. Take into account that he missed all of the 2011 season rehabbing this injury and was able to make a comeback this season in his late 40’s. Yes the season is still very early, and he has only made a hand full of starts, but for a 49yr old in a young man’s game, this is an amazing feat.
Many professional athletes have given up the hope of continuing to play their sport of choice past the age of 35, some last till their late 30’s but very few will push near 50 and keep playing. Jamie Moyer has found the secret, or a fountain of youth that lets him continue to play year after year. As he will compete the rest of this season and look towards the next, there will be a team that will take a flyer on him.
The team that takes that risk will be rewarded with a pitcher who finds ways to win, even in unorthodox times. Moyer may not have the greatest stat lines, or be the flashiest player. But at the end of the day he has lasted longer as a player than anyone else. Jamie Moyer is the last of a dying breed of professional athlete; let’s enjoy his journey because he won’t be around much longer.