If 2010 was the Year of the Pitcher in baseball, it looks like 2012 is shaping into the Year of the Geezer.
History was made on Tuesday by a pair of guys old enough to know a whole lot of history, as Jason Giambi of the Rockies and Chipper Jones of the Braves became the first players over 40 to hit game-winning home runs on the same day.
Giambi, now in his 17th season at the ripe age of 41, hit a three-run bomb off Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-5 win.
Later in the evening, Jones ended a crazy 15-13 Braves win over the Phillies with a two-run jack in the bottom of the 11th. Chipper, who is playing his 18th and final season, barely made the cut — his 40th birthday was on April 24.
Elias Sports Bureau, which is always figuring out such things, determined that this was the first time two 40-year-olds have even hit walk-off homers in the same season since 1986, when Hal McRae and Davey Lopes pulled it off. (A lot of people don’t realize McRae was a player back before he was a manager who threw phones at reporters).
These feats alone would be enough for geezers to throw away their walkers and try to run the bases. But when combined with the fact 49-year-old Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer already became the oldest pitcher to earn a win in big-league history earlier this season, this has definitively become the year of the geezer.
We’ll just have to hope Bud Selig doesn’t start testing these guys for Metamucil.