PHILADELPHIA -- Jamie Moyer stood before hundreds of people at a charity dinner Thursday night and spoke about how much he loves playing baseball in this town.
The Phillies pitcher reminisced to supporters of the Moyer Foundation about growing up in Souderton, about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and attending St. Joseph's University.
"It means a whole lot for me, at the end of my career," Moyer said.
The 45-year-old abruptly stopped himself. He is the oldest player in the Major Leagues and in the last year of a two-year contract with the Phillies. Nevertheless, he offered the fans an assurance.
"I am not at the end," Moyer said. "This isn't my last year."
The supporters assembled before him cheered and applauded wildly.
Moyer has been an asset to the Phillies rotation this season. He is tied for the team lead in wins with seven. His 4.09 ERA is second lowest among Phillies starters, and the team is 10-5 when he takes the hill.
Moyer said during this year's Spring Training that he was not going to concern himself with thoughts of retirement, lest it distract him from his efforts to help his team.
"I'll know inside when the time comes," he said in February. "Maybe it's next week. Maybe it's Sept. 15. Maybe it's July 1. Maybe it's three years. I don't know."
The Moyer Foundation's dinner Thursday night raised more than $400,000 for Camp Erin, a network of bereavement camps for children who have suffered the loss of a parent, friend or loved one. While discussing the cause, Moyer also slipped in a few words of encouragement for the fans about the Phillies' 2008 season.
"We haven't been playing as well as we should have been," Moyer said. "But you know what? It's a long season. We're OK. You know what? We are still the team to beat."
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.