Moyer, 45, appreciates his World Series moment
Updated: October 24, 2008, 6:21 PM ETBy Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com
Nothing against the Tampa Bay Rays, but I have no choice but to root for Philadelphia Phillies starter Jamie Moyer in Game 3. I can't help it. In fact, I think the Rays would root for him, too, if they could.Every knuckleheaded player in pro sports -- Elijah Dukes, Milton Bradley, Scott Olsen, John Daly, Larry Johnson, Adam Jones the list, sadly, is endless -- ought to be required to spend 10 minutes with the 45-year-old Moyer (46 in less than a month). Check that -- in a perfect world, every pro athlete ought to seek out the oldest, humblest and maybe wisest player in the big leagues. How can you not fall head over cleats for a guy who, after more than 20 seasons in the majors, still sits on the dugout bench and contemplates the simple beauty of a baseball game? Yeah, it's corny. That's what makes it so great. He doesn't care that it's corny. "When I was 8 years old, I started playing baseball," Moyer says. "And I'm 45 and I'm still playing, at a different level, but it's still the same game. That you can never take away. That is never going to leave, this part of the game. "Six outs to a full inning. In a major league game, you're going to play 8½ or 9 innings. That is never going to change. The money changes. People change. But the game itself is never going to change. The people who designed this thing are brilliant." Moyer says this with wonder in his voice, as if he's 8 years old again. But he isn't. He's old, ancient, actually, by baseball standards. And yet he led the Phillies in regular-season wins (16), has thrown more than 3,746 innings in his career and has more career victories (246) than all but four other active pitchers.