Darth Vader may not be the most well-known opponent in the ballpark this weekend as the Bisons will face 49-year old Jamie Moyer on Saturday night. The veteran pitcher signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday and is scheduled to start in the opener of the Bisons four-game set against the Tides, according to Orioles.com.
Moyer was designed for assignment by Colorado last week after going 2-5 with a 5.70ERA with the Rockies. The southpaw has pitched in 25 seasons in the big leagues with the Cubs, Rangers, Cardinals, Red Sox, Mariners, Phillies and Rockies. He also spent three years with the Orioles from 1993-1995.
You can purchase tickets to Saturday's game HERE. The Bisons also have a Star Wars 4-Pack that is only $63 and includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four Coca-Cola drinks and one souvenir light sword.
Earlier this year, Moyer became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to record a win and an RBI. He was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 1984 draft by the Cubs.
Moyer Fun Facts
-Moyer was born on November 18, 1962, more than 14 years before Star Wars debuted for the first time on May 25, 1977.
-Moyer's professional debut came with Geneva of the NY-Penn League in 1984, one year BEFORE the Bisons returned to the Triple-A level.
-The Bisons joined the American Association in 1985, Moyer pitched for Iowa in the American Association in 1986.
-Moyer celebrated his 15th birthday the day after the oldest current Bison -Valentino Pascucci- was born.
-On September 5, 1989, Twins second baseman Wally Backman went 1-3 with a run scored against Mariners' starter Jamie Moyer in a 8-4 Minnesota victory.