Jamie Moyer will make a comeback in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it. At least, that’s the 48-year-old’s current mindset.
He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early December and is going to miss the entire 2011 season while in recovery mode from the procedure. But he expects to find an invitation to spring training heading into 2012 and he believes that he still has the goods to earn himself a major league roster spot.
The veteran southpaw spoke optimistically to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times on Friday afternoon, just under four weeks removed from major elbow surgery:
“A lot of people have seen signs over the course of my career that I should quit or retire,” Moyer said. “In all honesty, I just don’t feel like I’m ready to give it up. I feel I’m entitled to make my own decision. The baseball people I’ve talked to before and since the surgery, all have been very positive and very supportive.”
Moyer posted a solid 1.10 WHIP and 4.84 ERA over 19 starts for the Phillies in 2010 and held left-handed batters to a .194 batting average. The odds are probably against him making another appearance in the major leagues, but the odds were against him last year and the year before that.
Heck, the odds were against him once he hit age 40.
Not to get all sentimental, but Moyer is in the business of defying the odds.
Don’t interrupt Angel Pagan in the middle of a wild card race. Better yet, don’t interrupt him at all.
A fan learned that the hard way during Friday’s Giants-Dodgers game. In the fourth inning, a group of fans ran onto the field with white flowers in their hands, presumably to hand to Giants players. According to eyewitness accounts, one player was reprimanded by San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, while Buster Posey fended off another.
Angel Pagan, however, took more extreme and inventive measures.
On-field security started closing in on the fan as he approached Pagan, but didn’t appear to pick up the pace until the outfielder dropped him on the field.
Vin Scully, who was wrapping up the third-to-last game of his career, provided play-by-play of the incident.
A couple of kids, trying to steal a moment, slow down the game, running on the field and just taking a big moment on the big stage. They’ve got one of them in right field, and the other one is nailed down by Pagan in left field. And the crowd loved that! They went up to do something with Angel Pagan, but [Pagan] grabbed him and slammed him to the ground, and they’re taking him off the field. […] Doesn’t that bring you back to the ’60s, and the flower children? Oh what, you don’t remember the ’60s? Okay.
The next time you want to send a message to a player, maybe try a tweet (throw in a flower emoji or two if you feel so inclined). Just don’t make a showy display of affection in the middle of a game. It’s bound to go badly, at least where Angel Pagan is concerned.
Thanks to Yu Darvish, the Rangers will enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the American League.
Darvish was outstanding on Friday night, pegging the Rays with a 3-1 loss on three hits, a run, and 12 strikeouts over six innings. It was the crown jewel of performances for the right-hander, who is carrying a 3.53 ERA and 2.3 fWARP in his first season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015.
The Rangers, who have gone 1-5 on days when they’ve offered Darvish fewer than four runs of support, eked out a two-run lead against Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese. Adrian Beltre roped an RBI single in the first inning, followed by a pair of solo shots from Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor in the third and sixth innings.
With the win, the Rangers clinched home-field advantage through the World Series, thanks to a 4-2 win in the All-Star Game back in July. Getting to the World Series will present another challenge entirely, though Darvish figures to stay in the mix with Cole Hamels as the Rangers build toward the Division Series on Thursday. If they advance against the wild card winner in the ALDS, they’ll face either the Indians or the Red Sox in the Championship Series.