Ryan congratulates Moyer on 250th win
Hall of Famer, Philadelphia mayor among those to laud lefty
SAN DIEGO -- The Mayor of Philadelphia and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan were among those who called Jamie Moyer over the past two days to congratulate the 46-year-old lefty on winning his 250th Major League game against the Nationals on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter called Moyer on Monday afternoon while he was sitting in the stands at PETCO Park.
"He just said, 'Congratulations,' said Moyer. "It was an awfully nice gesture that he thought of me and took time out of his busy day and scheduled to acknowledge my accomplishment. He's obviously a nice man."
Moyer said he got about 50 phone calls and text messages.
"I talked to Nolan Ryan today," said Moyer. "He was an ex-teammate of mine. Aaron Sele called me. He, too, was an ex-teammate, and a couple of people who I played college baseball with [at Indiana University] and my college coach George Bennett, who left a message.
"I heard from numerous friends from around the country," said Moyer. "I probably had over 50 text and voice-mail messages, so it's all good."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel took time Monday to talk about knowing Moyer way back when.
"I had seen him in the Minor Leagues when I was a manager a couple of times," said Manuel. "That's what makes it special. I always made the statement, 'I knew Jamie a lot more before he knew me.' And I've seen him battle to get back to the big leagues and become a big winner.
"And how he does it? He does it by studying the game, preparation, and being smart. He has a good feel for the game and making pitches. He doesn't have the 95-to-100-mph fastball, but that just goes to show you if you have some smarts and wit to you and you have real command, you can go a long ways. And he's a good example of that."
And Moyer remembers Manuel in his early days.
"I remember more of Charlie when he was in Cleveland as coach with the Indians," said Moyer. "He was always touted as a very good hitting instructor, and a student of the game as far as hitting goes and a good teacher.
"Obviously, you are inquisitive about the other team when they have such good hitters as Cleveland did back in those days. I'm sure Charlie helped them to become even better.
"Now that I'm on his side, I'll watch him hanging around the batting cage when we hit, and I've heard him on the bench and in the clubhouse talking to the guys about hitting and the approach to hitting. He understands the game and he understands people.
"He likes to be in the background, but he's very observant to his pupils or his players," Moyer added. "He's a man with a big heart and very understanding."
Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.