Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jamie Moyer released by O's

This might be it for old iron sides.  Jamie Moyer, the oldest pitcher to win a major league game, was released by the Baltimore Orioles per his minor league contract.  At 49 years old, Jamie went  2-5 this season with the Colorado Rockies before being designated and signing a minor-league contract with the Orioles June 6.

I haven't seen Jamie pitch this season but those who have are saying it's over.  He'd probably make a good pitching coach but folks don't see him coming back to the majors and making an impact.  But don't go asking  any senior athletes outside of baseball, like former boxing champion George Forman, who won a boxing title at 45 years old.  

Foreman's title challenge against Moorer took place on November 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Foreman wearing the same red trunks he had worn in his title loss to Ali 20 years earlier. This time, however, Foreman was a substantial underdog. For nine rounds, Moorer easily outboxed him, hitting and moving away, while Foreman chugged forward, seemingly unable to "pull the trigger" on his punches. Entering the tenth round, Foreman was trailing on all scorecards. However, Foreman launched a comeback in the tenth round and hit Moorer with a number of punches. Then a short right hand caught Moorer on the tip of his chin, gashing open his bottom lip and he collapsed to the canvas. He lay flat on his back as the referee counted him out.

One thing Jamie won't be following George into is the grilling businesss (see George Foreman Grill).  Jamie and his wife Karen founded the Moyer Foundation, a charity for children, back in 2000.  The Moyer Foundation’s mission is to offer encouragement, comfort, and support to children enduring a time of profound distress — whether physical, emotional, or financial — and to provide opportunities for enhancing overall wellness, stability, and quality of life.

As much as I and other sports fans enjoy seeing our favorite teams and players have continued success, we have to stop being selfish and allow players like Jamie leave the game and possibly commit more time and energy to helping others.  It's sports figures like Jamie who show us the positive outreach that sports can have on individuals and communities.

Good Luck Jamie!
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