This guy is fun.
Jamie Moyer is my guest today on Fresh Air, and you may know him as baseball’s ageless wonder, who last year became the oldest pitcher ever to win a game in the big leagues, and the oldest player ever to get an RBI.
My favorite Jamie Moyer stat: He’s faced an astonishing 8.9 percent of all major league hitters in the history of the game. That’s putting in some innings.
But what’s really fun about Moyer is not the stats, but the stories. Like how he learned to use his teeth — yes, his teeth — to signal to his catcher at the last moment that he was changing the location of the pitch he was throwing.
Or the time David Justice had just fouled off eight pitches in a row, and he just asked him what pitch he wanted and where. (Find out what happened in the interview.)
Moyer’s new memoir with writer Larry Platt, “Just Tell Me I Can’t,” is an interesting tale of a pitcher without a blazing fastball who learned to use his off-speed stuff aggressively to keep big swingers off balance. And he did it part with the help of a gruff, self-taught sports psychologist named Harvey Dorfman.
And he’s also a gem of a guy. Does tons of charity work, married to the same woman forever with a big houseful of kids, some adopted. And when he posed for pictures in the station with anybody and everybody, he’d take off his World Series ring and let you hold it for the shot.
Hear Jamie today on Fresh Air at 3 and 7 on WHYY, 91 FM. If you’re listening outside the Philadelphia area, find a station here.