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Top Moment #9: Moyer Oldest to Throw Shutout

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” — Thomas Jefferson

Jamie Moyer should have this quote written under his cap. It was made for him.

Moyer has been in baseball longer than maybe he should be. But even nearing the end of what has been an incredible, lengthy career, Moyer was able to set an impressive record on May 7, 2010. Against the Atlanta Braves – the Phillies toughest divisional opponent – the then 47-year old went the distance allowing just two hits on the evening. Neither crossed home plate and in the process Moyer became the oldest pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in the history of this fine sport.

Think about that: for all the talk that Moyer needed to hang ’em up and go on his merry way as he inched toward 50, his performance against the Braves was basically him throwing up a middle finger to those who said he couldn’t, he shouldn’t, he can’t.

In the 7-0 victory, Moyer’s line could have been mistaken for Roy Halladay‘s: 9 innning, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts, 105 pitches, 71 strikes. After the performance, Moyer was asked about the game ball and if it has a special meaning.

“What did I do with the ball?” Moyer said. “I think one of my kids has it. I don’t know if it’s in the [batting] cage and they’re hitting with it, or they’re going to give it to one of the dogs at home.”

When talking about looking back on some of his accomplishments later in his career, Moyer said, “I feel like there’s plenty of time when I retire to reflect on things. I’m sure at home we’ll talk about it tonight. It’ll be a topic of conversation. As far as sitting back, tomorrow I’ll probably sit and not necessarily think about what happened, but kind of rehearse the game in mind, go through the game again and be able to see pitches, and thoughts will come back.

“A lot of times at night that happens for me. I usually go sleepless when I pitch — win, lose or draw. It’s usually a long night for me, but it can be fun, because it’s nice to reenact things and see things. Maybe a thought that went through your head comes back. Something may come to mind.”

Using a dash of luck, a pinch of hard work, and heaps of dedication, Moyer put together the finest performance by an aging baseball player ever. Of course, in true Jamie Moyer fashion, he took it in stride.

(Photo: Associated Press)

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  1. Birm

    February 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I am really going to miss Jamie’s realistic and humble attitude this year. He’s truly one of the all time greatest for his vision and attitude and I’m still hoping he’ll be able to come back and go out in a manner more deserving of such an amazing athlete. He deserves a better ending…

  2. Kate

    February 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Ah, yes.

    The elder statesman shuts out the Braves. I remember it well.

    I was at the bar with my friend and his girlfriend. She kept seeing people she knew and walking away from us, which left us free to watch and discuss the game. Once we got to the eighth, every other statement out of our mouths was, “He’s going to do it! He’s gonna throw the complete game shut-out!”

    Someone across from us heard us as we got progressively more excited and called, “Who’s on the mound?” He almost fell off his chair when he heard it was Moyer.

    When the game ended, everyone in the bar gave Moyer a standing ovation. It was a great night, great game.

  3. Lefty

    February 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Outstanding effort by Jamie. He’s a true freak of nature and I mean that in a good way. Having pitched in my younger days and now 53 years old, I can really appreciate what it must have taken for him to pull off this feat. Just incredible!

  4. tavian

    February 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I am going to miss Moyer, as well. the term “crafty veteran left-hander” was made for this character. He was something special and put together four solid and enjoyable years for the Phils. Great character and person.

  5. MissPhillie

    February 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Oh yeah, I remember this. GREAT game for Jamie, I could hardly believe it. I don’t think he could either, haha. I’m really gonna miss him too.

  6. Manny

    February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    And he was wearing powder blue! So perfect.

  7. The Dipsy

    February 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I want Michael Young!

    The Dipsy

    • Lefty

      February 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Dipsy, uh – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Chuck

      February 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Would be nice ….but probably has ZERO chance of happening.

      Dipsy, I have an idea….TRY to fall in love with Ben Fran. You’ll feel better, dude.

      • Manny

        February 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        I’m starting to feel really optimistic about Francisco or Brown in RF. One of them will probably shine and own the RF just like Werth took it from Jenkins not too long ago…

    • Kate

      February 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      What does Michael Young have to do with Jamie Moyer’s complete game shut-out of the Braves?

  8. Manny

    February 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Holy crap, Dipsy.. now that you mention Michael Young…

    Could it be, could it be…

    Phillies send Blanton and his 2 yr contract to the Rangers… Phils get Young for 3yrs to play 3B, Polanco moves back to 2nd, Utley to the outfield like you’ve wanted all along!!

    Your dream scenario = My nightmare scenario! (I’ll never like the [ill-conceived] idea of Utley switching.. that would be disgraceful!)

    **This post is 100% speculation and very dark humor***

  9. Pat Gallen

    February 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Love how the Dipsy doesnt write anything for months, then comes in with a post about Michael Young, which has a zero percent chance of happening. Gotta love it.

    • Manny

      February 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Haha! Yea, I tried to keep the ball rolling… for old time’s sake lol

      • Pat Gallen

        February 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

        I really like Michael Young myself – just doesnt make any sense.

    • Chuck

      February 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      Pat, here’s an idea, though…

      How about an “Open Thread” each day instead of so many threads on different topics. That way people like Dipsy can say something completely off-topic without Kate or anybody else questioning why he would suggest this on a thread devoted to Jamie Moyer.

      I mean, I don’t care if someone says something off-topic. It makes it more interesting. But sometimes switching to or checking multiple threads is kind of cumbersome. Didn’t you guys used to have an “Odds and Ends” type of theme on the old site??

      Just a suggestion on how to maybe increase the comments and make it simpler for everyone.

      • Pat Gallen

        February 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        Yeah, we plan to continue those threads. We just have to finish out our Top 25s, so they are taking up most of our time right now. I don’t mind if people talk about other topics – thats what sports chatter is all about – just found it funny Dipsy would jump on and say that after keeping quiet all offseason.

    • Ted Bell

      February 9, 2011 at 6:24 am

      Michael Young is 34 years old with $48M left on his deal. The Phillies should really be avoiding players like that. In an era when teams strive to get younger and more athletic, the Phillies have the oldest team (by far) in the sport.

      I’m Ted Bell.

  10. DroppedThirdStrike

    February 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    The problem with Michael Young is that he’d go from being a utility infielder/DH for one contender to being a utility infielder/PH for another contender. It’s not even a sideways move for him, its kind of a downgrade.

  11. The Dipsy

    February 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Well, I wrote that because Michael Young has demanded a trade from the Rangers. Actually, I would just want him to go to LF. He’s owed 46m over 3 years. So…….How about Raul (totally serious), Mathieson and DeFratus? Hey, they’re gonna have to eat Raul (pun intended) if we’re gonna take back Young’s money. RE: Piping up after a long silence…there’s just nothing to say in the deepest darkness of February. Hey, I love Jason Grilli? How’s that? Hey, I like to think that I’m somewhat like Whitey used to be: nothing to say..don’t say anything. The motor is starting to rev, though. Getting psyched. I hate this signing in business. I think the fact that we had to revisit something related to Jamie Moyer AGAIN got my typing finger moving. Go Phillies!

    The Dipsy

    • Chuck

      February 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

      Wait a second, Dipsy. You and I and a few others HOTLY debated…if I recall correctly….the Lee trade during the “deepest darkest” of last February. I guess this offseason is kinda tame compared to last year, huh, Maybe we need more controversy to fuel the fire and get people talking.

  12. Brooks

    February 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Seeing red are we Dipsy?

  13. bfo_33

    February 9, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Great game by Moyer. Good luck in whatever he does from here.

    I was also thinking about Michael Young – tried to work out a reasonable trade, and a scenario that he would fit. Came up with the following – trade Ibanez and Rizzoti for Young and some of Young’s salary (gives Texas the DH they want for a year, plus some talented youth). Utley and Rollins need more time off, as does PP. Make PP the uber-utility guy, Young at third, Ben Fran in left, Brown in right. Start PP twice a week (2nd, 3rd, SS, lf, put Ben Fran in right against a tough lefty). This brings in a rh bat with some pop, relegates Valdez back to a defensive replacement, plus gives us that Bill Hall type utility player. If Young’s D isn’t quite good enough, switch roles with him and PP.

    It was one of those things to bounce around while waiting for route 80 to open back up (come on spring). It seems like a pretty good idea on paper, but in practice, concerns. While PP is not a great fielder, he’s steady, and has better range than Young at 3rd. Kind of screws PP – most of these guys prefer routine. It’s a big contract, how much will Texas eat? Young is upset about a loss in playing time – if he’s not in the line-up every day, will he be a clubhouse problem? Is Brown ready to be an everyday starter? Makes and aging team old, especially in 2012. I’m sure there are a few more issues I missed, but ultimately, i think it brings more problems than solutions. I think I’d pass unless Texas eats a lot of the contract.

  14. The Dipsy

    February 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

    bfo – Polanco had a great year in the filed last year. I thought there was a chance he might win the GG. I don’t think Ibanez and Rissoto would do it. After all, Young can demand a trade all he wants but that doesn’t mean he’s gonna go anywhere. I would do Ibanez and Singleton if push came to shove. I just thing that Young is a perfect fit and at the right time.

    The Dipsy

    p.s. Did Brian Fuentes sign?

  15. bfo_33

    February 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

    The only issue I have with Polanco at third is he has to leave his feet to go left – constantly banging his elbow. Probably not an issue if he doesn’t get plunked there early in the year. There is also a part of me that thinks Young is being a bit of a baby, but this is a guy who went from 2nd to ss to 3rd without complaint (and for the most part was the best player on a bad team). I can understand if he’s finally had enough.

    It will be interesting to see how Ryan handles all this. I don’t think Young will pull a Manny Ramirez, and chances are Kinsler will go down for a while (he does every year), so they may try to hold onto him, but I think they’ll move him somewhere (probably CO).

    Zimmerman deserved the gg last year, but I’d put PP in the top 3.

  16. Manny

    February 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

    The best fit for Young is the Rockies (playing 2B), not the Phillies.

    Plus, he’s 35 in 2011… 36 in 2012… 37 in 2013… No way he’d be a good fit for this team!

  17. Don M

    February 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

    The Rockies were said to be interested in Dan Uggla at the deadline last year.. but I think MYoung is a way better player, and a much better fit for them. Helton is all but done, and the rest of their team is SUPER-YOUNG in age, but I know that their payroll isn’t the highest, and they’ll have big years coming up with Carlos Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez (Tulo just singed a big deal.. and if Ian Stewart ever puts together a full season, he’d get a nice contract too)

    Last I heard, Young was between the Rockies and Angels, and only had 8 teams he would accept a trade too (St Louis was also mentioned.. and the Twins too I think)…

    If a player has a no-trade in his contract.. can’t he waive it himself? Like if in 2007 he said no to teams included the Phillies, Giants, Reds …. but now they are legit teams, can he make acceptions to his own list?

    • Chuck

      February 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

      My understanding is that a player can waive his no-trade clause if he changes his mind.

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