Jamie Moyer Turns 50

Former Phillie and crafty lefty Jamie Moyer celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday. The Phillies made a nice video featuring birthday wishes from Charlie Manuel, Cole Hamels, Larry Andersen, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Rich Dubee, Ryan Howard, Mick Billmeyer, Gary Matthews, Kyle Kendrick, Scott Palmer, and of course the Phillie Phanatic.

Moyer has vowed to continue pitching despite his age and an unfortunate recent couple of years, which is admirable. We here at Crashburn Alley would also like to extend happy birthday wishes to Jamie and we certainly hope to continue watching him pitch for as long as he damn well pleases.

(h/t @MoyerFoundation)

While we’re on the subject of birthdays…

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  1. LTG

    November 19, 2012 02:10 PM

    It figures that Halladay would be the best at saying “Happy Birthday”. He’s the only one who seemed to have practiced beforehand, and he executed it with no wasted movement.

  2. TomG

    November 19, 2012 02:26 PM

    I kind of hope Moyer, for his own sake, gives up this quest to keep pitching. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Steve Carlton’s post-Phillies career, which was more embarrassment than satisfying coda. Moyer’s numbers aren’t nearly as good as Carlton’s were and pursuing this dream will only make them worse.

    It’s borderline delusional. I think that was most evident in that Rockies game last year when Moyer accused Chipper Jones of stealing signs. Moyer made a really big deal out of it (and Chipper, typically, was equally classy in his response). Does anybody really need to know beforehand that a 72 mph fastball is coming in order to catch up to it? Or, “Whoa, was that another 64 mph shit-pitch on the outside corner he just threw? That’s 12 like that out of his last 14 but I STILL never saw it coming!”

    The reason those pitches no longer work for Moyer has nothing to do with stolen signs, I’d wager.

    I truly don’t mean to rag on Moyer, who contributed a lot to the Phils’ 2008 title. I just wish he’d allow himself to leave the game with dignity rather than “on my own terms”, which, to reiterate, seem to me a bit delusional.

  3. Kevin

    November 19, 2012 11:03 PM

    Could have a picked a better song. Don’t Stop Believing is basically the SF Giants anthem now. We all know how we feel about the Giants.

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