A team like the Rockies could hardly pick a more opportune time to face a team like the Astros then the start of the season. While all of Colorado's veteran legs are still relatively fresh, including tonight's starter Jamie Moyer, all of the Astros young players are still pretty green around the edges.
So, as Old Man Moyer attempts to make history tonight by earning a W at the advanced age of 49, let's check in on what he was doing the day the opposing pitcher, Lucas Harrell, was born:
On June 3, 1985, Moyer hadn't actually made the majors, as he was still toiling at AA Pittsfield in the Cubs farm system. Of his teammates, perhaps the most notable may be Mike Brumley, who had an eight year MLB career as a utility infielder but is perhaps most noteworthy for the players he was involved in trades for. Brumley himself had just joined the Cubs organization a year prior when he was included with Dennis Eckersley in a curse extending trade by the Red Sox for Bill Buckner. A few years later Brumley would be traded by the Cubs in a package for a past his prime Goose Gossage.
Brumley would go on to have two short stints with the Astros late in his career, including the 1995 Astros team that finished one game behind Colorado in our first wild card season. Had Brumley batted better than his miserable .056 that final season, who knows what might have happened. And had he not met Jamie Moyer while at Pittsfield, maybe Brumley would have batted better than .056. And maybe if the Rockies didn't get that first wild card, they wouldn't have taken the course that would lead them to signing a 49 year old starter in 2012...Are you starting to see all the chain reactions Jamie Moyer set in motion so many years ago? It's creepy, really, he's a walking butterfly effect when it comes to the MLB.
Best to get this historic win out of the way, I say, before Moyer goes messing with the future some more.