MLB pitcher trying to make a comeback at 49
Baseball has sprung back to life, as players gather in Florida and Arizona to prepare for the 2012 season. Among them is pitcher Jamie Moyer. As CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen reports, the veteran lefty is trying to make a comeback for the ages.
Spring training is all about hope. And at the Colorado Rockies camp, pitcher Jamie Moyer may have more hope than most players. At age 49, he is the oldest out there by far.
"Anyone been teasing you? The old man of the team..." Petersen asked Moyer.
"I had a couple of little grumblings first couple of days, but other than that, I'm sure I'll get some more."
He started at age 23 with the Cubs and pitched for team after team.
"The Texas Rangers, St Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies," Moyer listed the teams he played for.
Peter asked Moyer's wife Karen: "How many times have you moved over his career?"
"Jamie's about to pack for the 81st time," she said.
In his latest home, he has a wall of memorabilia including the best baseball has to offer -- helping lead the Phillies to the World Series title
"What's it like to stand on the mound of a World Series game, pitching?" asked Petersen.
"It's the culmination of pretty much my whole life in baseball," Moyer responded.
It came with a victory parade and a World Series ring, but for him it is still not enough.
"You know when I hear, 'Why are you playing? Or 'Why do you want to do this?' It's because I feel like I can."
Using his major league fame, Jamie and Karen started and still support camps across the country for children coping with the loss of a loved one. They already have their hands full with eight kids-- two of whom may get to play in the major leagues one day soon.
"Did it ever occur to you that he might end up pitching to one of his sons?" Petersen asked Karen.
"I think the sons dream about that. And something tells me daddy would strike them out 'cause he'd get in their head.
Petersen asked Moyer: "You'd strike out your own son?"
"Of course I would!" he said.
It's not just how old Jamie is, it's how young some of his teammates are. Some of them weren't even born when he started his major league career." Like 20 year old third-base hopeful Nolan Arenado.
"He's got a lot of wisdom," he said. "He knows a lot about the game and how to handle yourself up there."
Moyer said: "So if I can do so, I can lead by example."
"Well you're certainly a role model for the AARP," Petersen pointed out.
"Thank you!" said Moyer with a laugh.
"Is that okay with you?"
"It's all good because you know why? I'm still living my dream."
And living one thing more -- the love of the game.
For information on The Moyer Foundation, founded by Jamie and Karen Moyer, visit their Web site www.moyerfoundation.org
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