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Jamie Moyer = Grumpy Old Man

Aug 11, 2009, 11:11 PM EDT

So Jamie Moyer feels “misled” by the Philadelphia Phillies, and “disheartened” by his demotion to the bullpen, a result of his own pitching struggles and the arrival of Pedro Martinez.

As I am approaching middle age, I can relate a little bit to what Moyer is going through. When you get older, you tend to forget things, such as:

Your last start: 5 innings, 11 hits, and miraculously only 2 runs allowed.
Your season pitching line: 10-9 with a 5.47 ERA, 1.508 WHIP.
Where you left your car keys: In the basket by the phone, dummy.

Most importantly, you forget that your employer was kind (or dumb) enough to lavish a 2-year, $13 million contract on a guy who had just turned 46. Was anyone else out there dangling a two-year deal? Didn’t think so. Heck, Bobby Abreu couldn’t even get a two-year contract to his liking.

Odds are that Martinez won’t be much better than Moyer. Perhaps, even worse. A flip-flopping of roles for Moyer and Martinez isn’t out of the question. But until then, it’s best to suck it up and zip your lip for the good of the team.

If there is one thing I’ve learned from those older than me, it’s that life isn’t always fair.

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  1. Steve Kusheloff - Aug 12, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Jamie had all the right and reason in the world to express displeasure at being moved to the bullpen. That’s only natural. But he went too far in claiming the Phillies reneged on promises that he would only be used as a starter in ’09. Lots can happen during the six months of a baseball season, and players got to be ready to go with the flow. I think that’s part of the game and something you accept when you sign a (often lucrative) contract.

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