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We’re Witnessing Something Special with Jamie Moyer

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Comments: 80
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Following Jamie Moyer’s eight-inning shutdown of the Indians, he was his stoic self in the clubhouse afterward.  As pitchers often are, Moyer’s analysis of his performance was monotone in delivery. He answered questions about tying Robin Roberts with his 505th home run allowed, the most all-time. “Today, he’s probably smiling at me, or, laughing at me.” He also spoke about Jimmy Rollins: “It’s a good feeling to have key players back.”

But what spoke volumes, to me, was the way he hung around well after he needed to. Most players speak their piece and off they go for the night. They speak in cliches and give the bare minimum in terms of quotes for the paper. Moyer stayed late and shot the breeze with a few writers and flies on the wall like myself. Pretty cool to listen to him just talk about the game like a young kid, when he could have been on his way home.

That is special. He’s a student at heart, no matter his age. He enjoys speaking about the game; as he has matured into years where the usual player has been on the golf course for a decade, he continues to love the game with unbridled passion. Moyer may not laugh and smile like Jimmy Rollins, but the joy is there.  He just does it in his own way.

Prior to the season, many (including myself) were led to believe Moyer was through. What else could we believe? A 47-year old starter coming off a rough 2009 campaign would surely be a candidate to be canned.  He’s proven the nay-sayers wrong again as he creeps closer to 50. Will this magic last through seasons end? Hard to say. But it’s always fun seeing things that have never been done.

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  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    two better.

    Garcia, Carpenter, Wainwright.

    Make it 3 . How’s that?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Whatever, teejvee….

    You’re the kind of fan that’s gonna b*tch no matter what. You and Jeff and that guy from before, Just Crushed, must all either be related or the same person.

    I believe you were asked yesterday why you bother to come on here if you’re not a fan of the Phillies….and if you are a fan of the Phillies, why is every post negative beyond words.??

    Do you EVER have ANYTHING positive to say????

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Im having a hard time even coming on here anymore, because the same “fans” spewing the same negativity everyday gets old

    ….Halladay has been one of the best pitchers in the NL this season, and in his past few starts, gave up some hits

    but to say that Halladay has been “worse than expected” is retarded, i guess maybe that he has 6 losses bothers some people

    but his wins, innings, k’s, etc .. are all up there with the best in the game

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Give em hell Don M.!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Not negative Pat. I root for this team just as hard as anyone. I do not trust Moyer in a big game. Yes, I was shocked what he did against the Yankees. He got crushed against the sox. The Mets laid a beat down on him. We bail him by scoring runs for him. Just being truthful.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Halladay has been very, very good. He has not been heavenly, but he never was. But to call him a disappointment is totally unfair.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Hey JEFF you been totally negative. But some people really do see that glass half empty. Don’t be ashamed to be philosophically pessimistic. This blog, like all blogs, needs its sour- pusses.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I agree with Pat and Don. This negativity EVERY SINGLE DAY is hard to freaking constantly take.

    Jeff….do you “trust” anyone?? Just askin’

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Yes, I have had problems with Moyer. Actually, my problem is more with Amaro signing Moyer to a second year, which was stoo-pid. I probably do transpose this hostility onto Moyer where it belongs elsewhere. I guess if someone offered me 8m cool ones to be mediocre, I’d take it, too. He pitched great last night. I want him to keep pitching great.

    BUT, I am sick of everyone saying how otherwordly he his for being 47 and pitching in the majors. Good for him. Seriously. But I am really sick of hearing EVERYONE calling him “a great influence on the youngsters”, “a second pitching coach”, “plays the game the right way”. Jesus…enough! And Chris Wheeler has a book of Jamie Moyer cliches that he just repeats over and over again like a broken record. I remember when Wheeler lauded Moyer one day when a batter popped the ball up to the catcher and Moyer was heard to yell “two hands” to Chooch, who was circling under it. “Wow! Did you hear that? Thats just playing the game the right way! Blah blah blah” I mean it was ridiculous. Then Wheels went down and gave Jamie a pedicure after the game.

    Remember last year, when Jamie had that little hissy fit after being yanked from the rotation after sporting a lusty 18.38 ERA and then…then…having the unmitigated gall to complain about it???? Evidently, he was under the impression that, when he was given that bed of roses of a contract, that Ruben would permit him to work through his “rough spots”. Yeah, let me tell my clients THAT when I screw up. And I’ll say it….Moyer doesn’t get his second year and Cliff Lee stays.

    The Dipsy

    p.s. Sorry Pat. I only read your article after the posts. Nice job.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    And he’s from Souderton.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Dan

    I’m not sure what you could get for Moyer at this point.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Excellent write up. Moyer has been dealing. The only way he goes if it’s to retire a Mariner in a deal for Cliff Lee.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    None taken, Dipsy, none taken. I just get tired of the negativity like others here. Like I said, cant please everyone. Glad I could share what I saw last night though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Dipsy, I wasn’t happy with the second year, either. But you have to admit….he IS earning it….at least so far this season.

    Oh, and let me repeat what I said earlier….300 wins gets him into the Hall. But he won’t get to 300.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Hey, you need honest negativity. Its the negative verses the positive that makes this blog so outstanding. We have fun. This is not the end of the world. I beat my kids much less by venting on this blog. My wife still smacks me around a little, but I really like it. The blog is to have some fun, appreciate our differences, break a few stones from time to time and not take it so seriously that it ruins our day. Plus we get some great articles from Pat and the Crew that educate us and also stirs us up. Keep up the good work.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Well, just wait til tomorrow when I call Kyle Kendrick the next Greg Maddux…only on PhilliesNation.com!

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    300 wins won’t get him into the Hall of Fame … because, regardless of win-total, he’s not a Hall of Fame pitcher

    He’s like a one-time All Star …

    ….
    The Dipsy .. who, besides Chase Utley, and Roy Halladay .. DO you like?

    I feel like you’re taking over for the old GEOFF that used to post on here about trading Rollins, Howard, etc.. everyday

    Moyer has been around long enough to know that Catchers, on high pops “up the elevator shaft” can sometimes try to snag it, but its spinning too much, and an easy out becomes just another foul ball …. For some reason you don’t like Wheeler .. I think because him and Harry didn’t get along in 1996? … but of all the announcers, he’s easily the most knowledgable about the game, doesn’t matter that he didn’t play it .. that means that he probably studied it more, unlike Sarge who gives us insights like “you’re gonna need some baserunners here..and in order to do that.. you’re gonna need some guys to get on base!” …Thanks Sarge, that was really useful .. its gotten to the point where I usually don’t even listen to innings 4-5-6- anymore

    Moyer has been an “average” pitcher .. true … and thank god he’s been an average pitcher, because while Myers, Blanton, Hamels, Happ, etc.. have been injured the past few seasons, he’s really bailed us out

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I think Moyer will, somehow, somewhere, make it into the Hall of Fame and will get 300 wins. He will make it for his perserverence, and his longevity, which translates into character. Satchel Paige made the HOF, so did Addie Joss after 9 years and dying early of TB. Both had extenuating circumstances. There are a number of pitchers who belong in the HOF, but 300 wins gets ALL OF THEM IN. Look for Blyleven, Kaat and Tiant to also be inducted someday. They deserve it more than Moyer.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Pat….I believe that Kendrick has a good future. I may change my mind, however, based on tonight’s performance and wish him demoted to the deep minors. Hey, that is fando. And I admit to being a dumb fan, sometimes. But alway have fun.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I like a lot of players Don M, my good friend and respected poster, but who really cares about the players I like? Or who you like? I like a lot of players including almost all of the Phils. Who wants to read a post about how much someone loves a player.

    RE: Wheeler. Without sounding like some kind of snobby so and so, I am more familiar with the story of Chris Wheeler than almost all….I think. No, I’m pretty sure. Harry hated him. Wheels hates Sarge Larry hates Wheels. The organization has kept him on and because of it we have this backwards ass broadcasting schedule where people get moved around to accomodate Wheels and so certain broadcasters don’t have to work with him.

    Scott Franzke and Larry should be doing TV. But as long as Dave Montgomery is here so is Wheels. Quite frankly, I don’t know what either one of them are still doing here.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Pictures?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Farm animals, I’m thinking.

    The Dipsy

     
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  • Posts: 0 Adrian

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Pat. This game keeps Moyer young, and you know he’s got to be in touch with his innocence when he still goes by the name Jamie at the age of 47. hehe

     
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