Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer made headlines last week when, at 49 years old, he became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. Also of note in his start against the San Diego Padres was that Moyer's fastball topped out at 78 mph.
The Fort Myers Miracle, the Class-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, took note of both those facts and decided to have a little fun at Moyer's expense. During the Miracle's game last Thursday, they put on a promotion where fans could win a free ticket to an upcoming game if they could throw harder than Moyer.
"I'm a big fan of Jamie Moyer. It's an incredible feat, but people were sitting around going, 'Gosh, he's only throwing 78 mph,' " said Gary Sharp, the Miracle's director of media relations and promotions. "I think some people look at the majors and they see guys throwing 90 and above, and they think 78 is super slow. But not a lot of people can throw 78 if they're not baseball players."
In fact, none of the roughly 85 fans who attem...