ATLANTA -- Bo Jackson compiled each of his 15 career at-bats against Jamie Moyer before the Braves won the 1995 World Series. Yet as the legendary athlete sat at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, he found himself marveling at the fact that Moyer created history on Tuesday, when he became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to record a win.
"I would retire this morning," Jackson said. "I would announce my retirement. I'm through. Finish on top. Get out while you're on top. But I think it speaks to be 49 years old, my age, to go out there and compete with these 22- and 23-year-olds and get a win. I think it's good. My hat is off to him. It gives us old guys hope."
Jackson is actually 12 days younger than Moyer, who beat the Padres on Tuesday night at the age of 49 years and 150 days.
Chipper Jones' earliest memory of Moyer took him back to a 1993 game against Triple-A Rochester (N.Y.) of the International League. The pitcher made his Major League debut as Jones was preparing for his freshman year in high school. But some struggles forced him to spend portions of the early 1990s in the Minors.
"He gave me a rather comfortable 0-for-3 that day," Jones said. "He was crafty then too. Obviously he threw harder than he does now. But he was not a guy that you would deem overpowering."