Phillies lefthander Jamie Moyer has been around so long that he is older than Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft.
The draft originated in 1965; the 47-year-old Moyer was born in 1962.
This year, Moyer had much more interest than his teammates in the draft's proceedings, simply because he was the only one who had a son who was a prospect.
Dillon Moyer, an 18-year-old shortstop from the Pendleton School in Florida, was selected Tuesday by the Minnesota Twins in the 22d round, the 645th overall pick.
On Wednesday, Moyer watched with pride as teammates went over to his locker to congratulate his son.
"He has a great opportunity whether he signs with the Twins or goes to college," Moyer said. "It's a win-win situation."
His son has committed to the University of California-Irvine but now will weigh his options.
Of course, everybody wanted to know from father and son what it would be like if they ever got to play against one another.
"It would be great if he keeps playing," Dillon said.
Jamie joked that if he ever faced his son professionally, the first pitch he threw "would be in the ribs, just for mom."
Not known as a fireballer, Jamie quipped that if he did hit his son with a pitch, "his response would be that it didn't hurt."
His son's response to being drafted was what would be expected from a teenager.
"It was pretty cool," he said.
His father's reaction?
"It was really cool," Jamie said.
Dillon said he wasn't surprised that the Twins selected him because he had contact with the organization leading up to the draft.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, like others in the organization, was happy for father and son.
"Those kids are definitely well-mannered and special, and work hard, too," Manuel said.
Among his eight children, Moyer has three sons. His son Hutton will be a high school junior, and Moyer thinks that he could be a prospect.
Manuel says the youngest, 6-year-old McCabe, has a bright future.
"That kid Mac has the best arm of a 6-year-old I've ever seen," Manuel said. "He is off the charts, and he has a better fastball than Jamie."
After the laughter died down, people started wondering whether Jamie still would be pitching when his youngest son is eligible for the draft.
Draft notes. The Phillies completed the final day of the three-day, 50-round draft by selecting 20 players.
Among the players they chose were three area college players - Delaware senior third baseman Carlos Alonso in the 32d round, West Chester senior catcher Robert Stumpo in the 33d round, and Villanova junior lefthander Michael Francisco in the 45th round.
Stumpo, a switch-hitter who batted .305 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs as a senior at West Chester, was ecstatic. He attended Salesianum in Delaware and said his parents have Phillies season tickets.
"It's a dream come true," Stumpo said. "It's an awesome feeling to be drafted by the hometown team."