His third start of the season was finally the one that put the Colorado Rockies’ Jamie Moyer into the record books.
The 49-year-old became the oldest player in MLB history to win a game with his seven innings pitched in the Rockies 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres last night. Moyer allowed six hits and two unearned runs while striking out one and walking two — while never reaching 80 mph with any pitch he threw.
And 40-somethings everywhere applauded his accomplishment.
So did his manager, Jim Tracy:
”It’s a great night for the Rockies, as far as winning a baseball game. But it’s an historic night for one tremendous human being,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ”It couldn’t happen to a better guy. A more professional person I don’t know I’ve been around.”
The win for Moyer was his first since June 27, 2010, with the Phillies. He suffered an elbow injury on July 20, 2010, that required Tommy John surgery.
Moyer’s wife, Karen, and seven of their eight kids were at the game, according to Thomas Hardy of MLB.com. The Moyers oldest son plays baseball at the University of California-Irvine and could not attend. But Jamie wasn’t focusing on the possible historical aspect of the night:
“For me to put that in front of the game really would be unfair to my teammates, unfair to myself,” Moyer said. “It would tell me also that my focus and my attention were in the wrong place. And as you saw tonight, the game’s not over until the last out is made. You have to respect and appreciate how this game is.”
With the victory, Moyer tied Jim Palmer on MLB’s all-time wins list at 268.
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.