Perhaps the most compelling story of the young baseball season is the improbable comeback of 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer. Old enough to be the father of most of his Colorado Rockies teammates, Moyer missed the entire 2011 season to reconstructive elbow surgery. Against all odds, he’s worked his way back to the starting rotation and is playing in his 25th Major League season.
He’s the baseball equivalent of Picasso who pushed the boundaries of art well into his eighties.
Or Philip Roth, writing powerful, intricate novels in his seventies.
Or Bruce Springsteen, still leaping and sweating through 3-hour concerts in his sixties.
Our ad agency has had a long association with The Seattle Mariners, the team Moyer pitched for from 1996 through 2006. During that span, Moyer won 145 games for Seattle—and promoted Mariners baseball in a dozen commercials our agency produced during that time. We got to know Jamie well, even volunteering our company’s services to The Moyer Foundation which he founded with his wife, Karen.
We observed many Moyer personality traits during that time that may provide an insight into the secret of ageless creativity and productivity—lessons we can apply to our own careers.
As of this writing, Jamie Moyer has 267 career victories, 33 short of the exclusive 300-win club—a guarantee of baseball immortality. My guess is that Jamie is focused on that seemingly impossible goal. Don’t bet against him.
I’d like to leave you with two of my favorite Jamie commercials from over the years.
“The Change Up” celebrates Moyer’s exasperatingly slow but effective off-speed pitch.
“Tribute” is a tongue-in-cheek jab at his age. It was produced in 2006. We thought he was old then.
Take a moment this season to marvel and tip your cap to the amazing #50. He deserves our admiration.