>Well, The Common Man’s successful viewing experience last night, brought about by Penn State’s first win at Ohio State in 15 years and plenty of time to watch Game 3 of the World Series, was improved tremendously by watching 45 year old (he’ll be 46 next month) Jamie Moyer baffle Tampa Bay Rays hitters for 6.1 innings. Moyer, despite coming up ridiculously short in his previous start, bounced back against the young and hungry Rays, taming hitters less than half his age. Moyer limited the Rays to just 5 hits and 3 runs, and striking out five (including 23 year old BJ Upton once, and 22 year old uber-rookie Evan Longoria twice). He wasn’t perfect, but like the cagey and wily old man that he is he kept his team in the game and far exceeded expectations.
Baseball is a funny game. As in life, the race doesn’t always go to the swift or the fight to the strong. Sometimes, indeed often in baseball, gutty and smart performers can outstrip even the most skilled and gifted opponents. And when that happens, baseball is infinitely more fun to watch. Being privileged enough to watch Nolan Ryan reel off no-hitters long into his forties, or see Rickey Henderson in his 5th comeback coax out his eleventy billionth walk off a 20 year old phenom, or Jamie Moyer, throwing changeup after changeup in his first World Series in a 22 year career.
For his impressive work and his impressive age (and because no one else seemed particularly inspiring this week), The Common Man awards Moyer this week’s Beacon of Manhood. The Common Man hopes to be just as successful, grizzled, and impressive when he’s 46. The Common Man doesn’t much mind being wrong in his predictions his prescience is thwarted by an awesome story and an ideal example of masculine manliness.