That makes three long tenured catchers gone from the game now that Pudge Rodriguez retired yesterday. Posada and Varitek retired over the winter. They say things come in threes. Not sure how true that cliche is, but it is in this case. Posada and Varitek were both very good players, but Rodriguez was the best of them.
I may be one of the few people who care about this, but Pudge (or Irod) is no longer the most linkable active player. I figured that that honor would fall to Omar Vizquel. I was wrong. Jamie Moyer is the current active Kevin Bacon of baseball. He also has connections to college hoops through his father-in-law Digger Phelps, but that’s a story for another day.
Tommorrow marks the one hundred year anniversary of baseball at Fenway Park. Jamie Moyer was on that team, but the Red Sox traded him away for Hugh Bradley. It was a deal that has haunted them ever since, albeit not on the level of Lyle for Cater or the selling of Babe Ruth. Moyer hasn’t really been pitching THAT long, but it sometimes seems that way.
Moyer won a game this week and became the oldest person to win a major league game. The previous recordholder was Jack Quinn. Quinn was also 49 when he won a game for the Brooklyn Dogers in 1932, but he was 49 and 70 days. Moyer was 49 and 150 days. Notgraphs had a post about the day of Moyer’s first win. Microsoft had just gone public (or was just going public.) Quinn had been around for a while by 1932. He first played in 1909. The Ottoman Empire still existed. He himself was born in Austria Hungary. Poland was still partitioned. The ball was still dead and Mark Twain was still alive. Quinn had been around so long that he really did appear in the first game at Fenway.
Designated Sitter. Tying the past with the present.