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Tampa Bay Rays World Series: Game 3 start special for Phillies' Moyer

PHILADELPHIA — Jamie Moyer has missed moments in the history of his family. That comes with the job description and longevity that has kept Moyer, a month shy of his 46th birthday, in the majors for 22 years.

So the left-hander's first World Series start tonight in Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park is special; not so much as a thank you for the patience, but as an expression of what baseball has meant to him and why he has stayed for so long.

"One of the coolest things for me is my boys are teenagers now. They can kind of experience this," the Bradenton resident said of sons Dillon, 17, and Hutton, 15, who play at IMG Academy. "I hope my boys can see not necessarily what their dad does, but they can see more what this game is about because they like to play it as well."

Moyer, the second oldest to pitch in a postseason game (Jack Quinn, 47, Philadelphia A's, 1930), said he doesn't believe he has cheated his family or himself.

"I've missed a lot of (my sons') baseball games, but we've also taken a lot of batting practice at home or I've hit a lot of balls to them," said Moyer, who had his best regular season in five years but is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in the playoffs. "There's a lot of things I've missed with them. But there's a lot of things that we've had together that a lot of other fathers and sons haven't had."

FORMULA: Eric Bruntlett can retire and hawk instructional videos. The shortstop has solved the mystery of young David Price after homering as a pinch-hitter in Game 2 on Thursday.

The secret? Fall behind.

"I assumed he just tried to come after me and get ahead with a four-run lead, just throwing a strike," said Bruntlett, who had two regular-season homers. "To a guy coming off the bench, he's throwing 96, 97, makes it a little tough. Somehow I got the barrel to it and squared it up."

NOT THAT TOUGH? Though 1B/OF Matt Stairs said that Phillies fans can be rough and creatively vile accosting opposing players, C Chris Coste said their barbaric reputation is "overblown."

"You hear more (individual insults) in stadiums where it's not as packed," Coste said. "You go to Miami, and you hear cell phones ringing."

Brant James can be reached at brant @sptimes.com or (727) 893-8804.

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