Jamie Moyer on 2007 Phillies: most 'somber, angry, upset' clubhouse I've ever been in after NLDS loss to Rockies
Jamie Moyer did his part in the 2007 NLDS. At 44 years old, Moyer started Game 3, allowing one run and striking out five batters over six-and-a-third innings. Unfortunately for the veteran left-hander and the rest of his team, the Phils didn't quite have the same success. Philadelphia's pitching staff had a 5.54 ERA in the Rockies' three-game sweep. Their lineup mustered a paltry .172 batting average in the series.
And given the fact that the Phillies barely snuck into the playoffs over the New York Mets in a memorable late-season surge — and simultaneous Mets' implosion — it was a real gut punch to exit the postseason without winning a single game.
"We had a really good team, we had a lot of young players, we had a lot of players that came through the Philadelphia Phillies organization and there was passion about the game, there was passion about winning baseball," Moyer recalled on "The Boone Podcast" with Bret Boone. "But in '07, we ran into a buzzsaw... with the Colorado Rockies and they cut through us like butter.
"I don't know if I was ever in a clubhouse that was more somber, and angry, and upset than that clubhouse in 2007."
But that didn't necessarily paint a bleak picture for the Phillies. Instead, Moyer says that the bad taste the team had in its collective mouth carried into spring training prior to their 2008 campaign, and veteran additions of players like Geoff Jenkins and Matt Stairs before and during the season helped to boost their morale.
"Again, this is what I loved about that team, because they were still dwelling on that bad taste," Moyer recalled. "And we went out, we had a really nice year, played together as a team, and the Philadelphia Phillies front office did an unbelievable job of piecing that team together..."
Jenkins had some key moments...
...and anyone with a brain remembers what Matt Stairs was able to achieve in a Phillies uniform, at least in one at bat.
And for Moyer, who had played a major role as a key starter throughout the season (16-7, 3.71 ERA), the 2008 season wiped away that bad taste and then some. For a guy who had played with six different clubs over 21 seasons before arriving in Philadelphia, there must have been a lot of memorable moments. But nothing topped the 2008 World Series.
"When they won it in '80, I had skipped a day of school and went to the parade, and 20 years later I was sitting on one of those floats in the parade," Moyer said. "So you just never know what life is gonna give you or what opportunities you're gonna have in life.
"To me, that was the pinnacle of my career, that 2008 season, that 2008 team and being fortunate enough to be on a team that won a World Series."