In yesterday’s Weekly Things column, I came with up with an absolutely fantastic, creative, and out-of-this-world nickname for the top four hitters in Toronto’s lineup (Lawrie, Rasmus, Bautista, and Encarnacion).
I dubbed them the Big Four.
Well the creative juices are flowing again. When I woke up this morning to the news that Toronto had signed Jamie Moyer to a minor league contract, one thing instantly came to mind.
If Moyer actually makes it up to the big club, that will give Toronto three players over 40 years of age: Darren Oliver (41), Omar Vizqel (45), and Moyer (49).
What better name for that trio than The Golden Boys.
Of course, we’d need a fourth member to really make it official. With three we only have Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose covered – we’re missing poor, old Sophia.
But seriously – these guys have been around forever.
Moyer made his major league debut way back in 1986. Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus, Eric Thames, David Cooper, Yan Gomes, Drew Hutchison, Brett Cecil, Kyle Drabek, Joel Carreno, Henderson Alvarez, and Even Crawford – all potential teammates of Moyer now – weren’t even born in 1986! In that year, the Blue Jays were managed by Jimy Williams, Cliff Johnson was our regular DH, and we had a young, up-and-coming slugger on the bench named Cecil Fielder. If Moyer makes it up to Toronto, he might potentially face Cecil’s son Prince. Crazy.
Another nugget about Moyer’s age:
Omar debuted in 1989, the same year that the Jays decided to hand their managerial ropes to a hitting coach who didn’t want the job and had zero experience – Cito Gaston.
Oliver, the young pup of the group, didn’t debut until 1993, a full seven years after Moyer was already tossing balls off a major league mound.
This was a move made out of necessity and desperation, and a move that might not even develop all the way through.
But if it does, then for however many glorious days it lasts, we all know exactly what we can say to The Golden Boys:
Thank you for being a friend.