What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Well, all kinds of things are happening here at Dubsism. First, if you are one of the six regular readers of this tripe, you may have noticed posts being less frequent this week. I am in the process of moving, and until that process is complete in the next few weeks, I simply don’t have enough time to write on a daily basis.
But one thing thing that won’t lack coverage is our Jamie Moyer for the Hall of Fame Campaign. So far as that is concerned, we would be completely remiss if we didn’t note the passing of Phillies legend Robin Roberts this past week. If you’ve been following this campaign, you know that before last night, Roberts was next up for Moyer to pass in career strikeouts.
Well, Moyer did so last night against Atlanta, and almost as if it were in honor of passing a fellow Phillie, he did so in grand style. Moyer only allowed two hits and struck out five, becoming the oldest pitcher at age 47 years, 170 days to pitch a shutout.
The victory raised Moyer’s mark on the season to 4-2, and he faced only one batter over the minimum to earn his 262nd career victory. The left-handed maestro of the junkball stymied the Braves with his usual cornucopia of pin-point control and “fastballs” that may not even qualify for a speeding ticket in some parts of Texas.
“Jamie carved us tonight,” (Atlanta third baseman) Chipper Jones said. “The guy is 87 years old and he’s still pitching for a reason. He stays off the barrel. He changes speeds, changes the game plan and keeps you guessing.”
The only two hits the Phillies’ southpaw allowed were lead-off singles to Troy Glaus in the second and eighth innings. It was Moyer’s 10th career shutout and 32nd complete game. Moyer has two other two-hitters to his credit in his 64 24-year career. The first came while Moyer toed the slab for the Chicago Cubs against Montreal on Aug. 16, 1986; his second two-hit victims were the Kansas City Royals on June 2, 2006 while he was a member of the Seattle Mariners.