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On April 17, five days after the loss to the Giants, Moyer takes the mound against the San Diego Padres. Behind him, his defense will once again do things that winning teams don't, like commit another two errors. But unlike in his previous two starts, the Rockies actually score runs, too. Center fielder Dexter Fowler, perhaps making up for the error that might have cost Moyer his last game, hits a two-run home run. And after star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki botches a routine ground ball, a miscue that costs Moyer two unearned runs, the team records three double plays, including one turned so smoothly that it causes Moyer to throw up both arms in mock celebration.

In the stories written the following day, the focus is on a few amazing statistics, all featuring the number 8. That Moyer, at 49, is older than a quarter (eight) of all the managers in baseball. That because of his longevity, he's now faced more than 8 percent of all the baseball players who've ever played. And perhaps most surprising to those who know little about him, that Moyer managed to win the game — dominate it, even — without throwing a ball faster than 80 miles per hour.

But the most impressive post-game stat gets barely a mention: In beating the Padres, Moyer also lowered his earned run average enough to take the team lead in the category. Which means that the man who only wanted an opportunity — and an opportunity not to be treated like a carnival act — is not just the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. He's also become something that means more to him than any record: the guy who gives his team the best chance to win.

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TruthHonorCourage
TruthHonorCourage

Caleb, that was a fantastically-written article.

Enjoyed it greatly.

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Lisa
Lisa

Great article. Go Jamie!!!!! You are an inspiration!

Go the Distance
Go the Distance

Good story and thanks for writing it. I love this guy. Perseverance is is a powerful thing.

 
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