Oct. 16, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Famer Jamie Moyer and his Philadelphia Phillies teammates won the 2008 National League Championship Series on Wednesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 5. The Phillies will now play in their sixth World Series, the first since 1993, beginning Wednesday, October 22, against either the Tampa Bay Rays or the Boston Red Sox.
Moyer, who pitched for Saint Joseph's from 1982 to 1984, is in his 22nd season in the major leagues, going 16-7 this season with a 3.71 earned run average. He led the Phillies in wins and at age 46 is the second-oldest pitcher in major league history to win more than 15 games. Moyer's influence has also been credited with helping the development of Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels. Hamels has become the club's ace and was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player after giving up just three runs in 14 innings while going 2-0 in the series.
Despite his lengthy career, this will be Moyer's first World Series appearance. "I don't know if I understand what's really taken place here," he told reporters after the game. "I don't know if it's really sunk in. I know we're going to the World Series, but it hasn't sunk in."
Prior to his illustrious major league career, Moyer pitched for the Saint Joseph's baseball team. He holds the single-season record for strikeouts, fanning 90 hitters in 1984. He is also tied for third on the career wins list with 16. His jersey, number 10, is the only retired number in the history of Saint Joseph's baseball. He was inducted into the SJU Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 and was inducted into the first SJU Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1999.
A native of Souderton, Pa., Moyer attended the championship parade in 1980 when the franchise won its only World Series title. He joined his hometown team in 2006 in a late-season trade from the Seattle Mariners before signing a two-year contract with the Phillies.
Moyer is likely to start either Game 3 or Game 4 of the World Series, both of which will be played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.