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by Kevin Coupe

Jamie Moyer was the starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Facing the San Diego Padres, he won his first game of the season, the 268th of his career, and gave up six hits and no earned runs in seven innings. His fastest pitch - he threw 89 of them - was 79 miles per hour.

But Jamie Moyer got a lot of notice for what would have been just an average start for most other major league pitchers, because he did it at the age of 49 years and 161 days - making him the oldest person in history to pitch and win a major league baseball game.

Here’s what the Washington Post had to say about the achievement:

“Moyer was far from a lock to make the roster this spring after missing the 2011 season because of Tommy John surgery, but now has thrown shutouts in four decades and has a lower ERA since turning 40 (4.40) than when he was in his 20s (4.56). The father of eight, Moyer is older than eight active managers and 16 general managers. Maybe, though, he can keep going, with the odometer on his arm reset.”

I hope so. Because Jamie Moyer is just eight years younger than I am, and with every pitch, he offers a sense of possibility. Hell, I think it is great that he’s able to walk out to the mound.

Jamie Moyer is an Eye-Opener about the value of experience, the importance of a work ethic, and the advantages inherent in a consistent, persistent effort.

Good for him. And good for all the aging boys and girls who see in him the dreams and aspirations of youth.
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