Jamie Moyer made his debut on June 16, 1986, beating the Phillies.The pitcher who opposed Moyer and lost to him on that day, Steve Carlton, is now aged 67. That more or less sums up the amazing longevity on display tonight, who continues to defy Father Time in a way that can only be explained by a very geriatric painting, hanging in a corner of Chez Moyer. Either that, or he's a vampire: anyone checked to see if he has appeared in any day games this season? Still, if he were to crumble into a pile of pitching dust this evening, impaled on a shard of maple, we wouldn't necessarily mind.
Line-uo and where the Diamondbacks were on the day Moyer reached the big leagues, after the jump.
- Not born for another eighteen months CF
- In kindergarten 2B
- Five months pre-conception RF
- Playing in a sand-pit LF
- A speck in his father's eye 1B
- Second-grade 3B
- Preparing for middle school SS
- Too young to buy cigarettes C
- Aged negative three P
Yes: by the time Arizona's starter tonight arrived in the world, his opponent had already made 89 major-league starts. As Nick Piecoro (I think it was) Tweeted the other day, Kirk Gibson might want to consider putting himself in the line-up, since he's 4-for-10 lifetime against Moyer. It's impressive on so many ways, but let's not treat this like it's a certain Japanese holiday. I hope instead to hear Moyer yelling at Pollock, Upton, etc. to get off his damn bases.