Jamie Moyer: Ageless Colorado Rockies Pitcher Is Feel-Good Story of MLB Season

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17:  Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer #50 of the Colorado Rockies returns to the field for an interview after he became the oldest player in the major leagues to earn a win as the Rockies defeated the Padres 5-3 at Coors Field on April 17, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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In a season that has been filled with drama—like what is going on with the Boston Red SoxColorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer is the best story of the Major League Baseball season right now. 

Moyer, quite frankly, shouldn't even be here. He is a 49-year-old man coming off Tommy John Surgery, throwing an 80 mph fastball (at best) and trying to make it in the hitter's haven that is Coors Field. Yet here he is, the oldest pitcher to win a game thanks to the Colorado Rockies victory over San Diego on Tuesday. 

Not only did he win the game, but he pitched fairly well. He threw seven shutout innings, though he did walk two and only struck out one, so it's not like he completely dominated. And it's not like the Padres have a formidable offense that you need to be worried about. 

But who cares?

Every baseball fan and analyst has an opinion about Moyer and how long he will actually be able to last in Colorado coming off elbow surgery. Personally, I don't see any way that he can have sustained success because of his age and stuff—or lack thereof—especially in that environment. 

For one night, though, we didn't have to worry about what might end up happening as the season moves along. We got to see a pitcher do what he loves and do it well. 

The MLB is built as much on singular moments as it is on entire games/seasons.

Every highlight reel we see shows Willie Mays making an over-the-shoulder catch, Babe Ruth calling his shot, Bobby Thompson's "Shot Heard 'Round The World," Derek Jeter's flip to get Jeremy Giambi at the plate. 

Moyer's game may not stand the test of time because it wasn't a dominating masterpiece, like Justin Verlander's complete-game shutout against Toronto on Monday.

But the moment where the final out is recorded and the euphoria on Moyer's face and the embrace he gets from teammates created a great moment for one of the most unique stories in baseball.