Brothers Bobby and Matt Moore bond over the art of pitching

5:36 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- When it comes to baseball, Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Moore followed in the footsteps of his older brother Bobby who was also a left handed pitcher and had a huge influence on Matt.

"The thing about Bobby was he always played two or three years ahead of himself, so it was a challenge and I think that's what made me play above myself at that particular age," said Matt Moore.

"When we were little we always thought we'd end up in the big leagues and that was always our goal and when he got called up I could tell he was excited. He's a very calm and cool-headed kind of person, but for me my heart was pounding out of my chest, I couldn't wait to see him pitch in his first major league game," said Matt's brother Bobby.

Bobby Moore's baseball career was cut short after an injury in college forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery. Matt had a scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico where his brother played, but in the end he opted to sign a major league contract, and since Matt was called up, his brother Bobby hasn't missed a single start.

"The sky is the limit for him, you know I may be biased because I'm his brother, but he's exciting, he's electric and he's a lot of fun to watch. I really do think he has a very high ceiling, and I am really excited to see what he can do in hopefully a very long career," said Bobby.

Moore is 4-5 starting for the Rays so far this season with an ERA of 4.13 and 85 strikeouts.

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