Long balls and errant throws stopped any chance of Jamie Moyer making history today as the Rockies fell to the Astros 7-3. Colorado had three errors in the game, all coming in the painful fourth as Nelson sent a throw into right field trying to get Brian Bixler out…Bixler headed to second where Scutaro, who had ran after the errant throw, proceeded to hit Bixler on the hip, sending the ball into left and allowing Bixler to third. The next batter, Martinez, hit a two run home run into the left field seats. Scutaro then committed another error after the home run, bringing the total number of errors in the inning to the same number of runs scored against them to that point: 3.
One of the few bright spots was Michael Cuddyer, who hit a massive home run (his first of the season) to left center. As it left the bat it seemed like a towering pop up to the outfield, but everyone just watched as it hit the top of the wall.
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Jamie Moyer takes the mound tonight against the Houston Astros, and you can bet every MLB writer worth their salt is keenly aware of it. While it is a toss-up between those talking about how old he is v.s. those talking about how old he is and that he can still pitch, everyone likes to point out that his next win will put him in the records books as the oldest pitcher to ever win an MLB game. While watching the Moyer coverage throughout Spring Training, it was obvious that he is a person of infinite patience, because any normal person would have snapped after the 51st reporter brought up his age and the potential record. Each time he was asked about it, his standard answer was, “it used to bother me people talking about it, but now I guess I’m over it”, or words to that effect. But, you can tell by the way he delivers the answer that he IS tired of hearing about it and he ISN’T over it. All he wants to do is go out and compete.
We can only hope he wins today so he can put the, “how will you feel if you win” questions to rest. You really can’t blame people for being excited and generally pulling for him. Everyone, friend or foe of the Rockies, has got to like this guy. He has so many amazing stats he carries around on his 49-year-old back that it would make a 25-year-old player weary, and yet he put on the best performance of the Rockies Spring against the Giants, going 4 perfect innings.
So, today with Moyer on the mound, the world may be watching to see if he will make history, while we will watch to see if he will make us proud. Proud that the nation is tuned in to our team for such an historic event. Because, while many a Rockies fan were unsure when we picked him up, his hard work and obvious talent won us over. And, if he does win today the very next question on everyone’s minds and lips? Can he go the distance…
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