Great news for the weekend. Jamie Moyer will not pitch again in 2010, but don’t fret, he’s already committed to making a run at next season. The question is, would anyone give this guy a contract? It’s not a situation that concerns me too much anymore, because Moyer won’t make any money wherever he goes. I just wonder if the Phillies are going to feel obligated, to a lesser extent than were in 2008, to do something for this guy. I think Moyer gets too much credit for being a local. He pitched 95% of his career in other cities, but after a couple of years here it is liked he morphed into Richie Ashburn. There’s no way this guy is going to stop pitching unless he’s turned down by every single team in the league, and maybe some teams in some leagues we’ve never heard of. Early prediction, the Phillies non-roster invite him to Spring Training.
It speaks to what the Phillies have been doing the last ten days or so that I haven’t been compelled to mention a word about Moyer. There are more important things going on. Most notably, Roy Oswalt’s debut in Washington Friday night. The Phillies are cruising through a soft spot in the schedule with eight straight wins, and the Nationals provide a chance to continue that run, especially with Big Steve on the DL. I suppose it is a tough spot for Oswalt to come into. Winning streak, not even a day to get acclimated, and perhaps the wizards in Vegas have picked up on this, installing the Phils as just (-170) favorites. I thank Big Dub for alerting me to that odd line. I’m saying Vegas just hasn’t adjusted to the revamped Phils. I thought they were in a bad spot last night, and they found a way to make that one happen. I’ll take 2/3 for the weekend. I don’t want to get too greedy. The Phillies probably will lose again eventually. Once or twice.
I’ll be on Fred Couples miracle watch for the weekend. US Senior Open at Sahalee. We’re in a little bit of a lull in the golf schedule before the last Major of the year, but if you have a mean case of 80s and 90s nostalgia like I do, the US Senior Open should provide some good viewing. Fred looked a little rough around the edges yesterday, but that’s why they play 4 rounds, kid. For the die-hard golf fan the regular tour is at the Old White Course at the Greenbrier. Great old golf course if that’s your thing, even if the field is very weak. They’re eventually going to move a FedEx Cup event so a little preview of that as well, plus I’m sure plenty of stories on Jim Justice the local millionaire who is pouring money into the old resort. He’s even giving the gallery cash if someone records a hole-in-one this week. True story.
That’s about it. Last week my movie factoid was, please review Inception for me. This week, my personal service announcement is don’t go see Dinner with the Schmucks. I haven’t seen it, it’s just a gut-feeling. It looks like one of those movies that crosses over the line of being just too stupid, or one of the ones where the guys making it can’t stop laughing, and no one else thinks it is funny? I could be wrong, but when a comedy preview isn’t funny. Problem. No need to hide inside this weekend anyway, this weather is glorious. I think I see Blue.