By Kevin Cowherd
The Baltimore Sun
11:25 AM EDT, June 7, 2012
Old guys everywhere have a little more swagger today. They're smiling more. Holding their heads a little higher.
The reason? Jamie Moyer refuses to give up the ghost.
At age 49, the soft-tossing -- and that might be too generous a description -- lefty has signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles, emphasizing the idea that they'll have to cut the uniform from his cold, dead body before he retires from baseball.
The man has now been pitching in the major leagues for 25 years. He's played for eight teams, racking up 269 wins to go with 209 losses. He holds the record for being the oldest pitcher to ever win a game in major league baseball. And now he'll be pitching for the Orioles' Triple-A farm team, the Norfolk Tides, Saturday against Buffalo.
What a story. Oh, look at that. I'm starting to tear up already.
Long-time Orioles fans know that Moyer pitched for the Orioles from 1993 to 1995. He went 25-22 for the O's with a 4.41 ERA before signing as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox in 1996.
And now he's back -- well, close to being back, anyway -- in orange and black.
Can he still pitch? Does he have anything left in the tank? Who knows?
He got cuffed around this season with the Colorado Rockies, who released him after he went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts. At times, his fastball looked like your grandpa's.
But just the fact that he still wants to pitch -- that he had Tommy John surgery last year at age 48 to extend his career! -- tells you what this guy is all about. And how much he loves the game.
I'm pulling for him big-time. Hope he goes out Saturday and throws a gem for the Tides. And if he makes it back to The Show, I'll be pulling for him even harder.
But whether he makes it back or not, he's given old guys everywhere a shot in the arm. And I want to thank him for that.
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