Matt DiSanto, Staff Writer
On November 7th, 2017, famous Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay passed away in a tragic plane crash miles away from the Gulf Coast.
Although only forty years old, Halladay led an incredible life prior to his unfortunate and sudden passing. The eight-time All-Star earned two Cy Young awards and threw a perfect game and two no-hitters, one of which occurred in the postseason.
While Halladay began his baseball career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998, his career with the Philadelphia Phillies began in 2010. His ace-level pitching helped to lead the team to five consecutive division championships and solidified his status as one of the best pitchers in the game.
A memorial was held for Roy Halladay on November 14th at Spectrum Field near his home in Clearwater, Florida. Many family, friends, and former teammates gathered to celebrate the spectacular but short life of the famed pitcher.
Halladay’s teammates all agreed on one thing: he was one of the best teammates they had ever played with. Chase Utley noted that he “was the real deal”, calling Halladay “the best teammate [he] ever played with and the most fierce competitor [he has] ever seen”, a surprising comment coming from the famously-stoic second baseman. Leaving behind two sons and a wife, Halladay’s passing impacted anyone who knew him.
As a diehard Phillies fan myself, the loss of Roy Halladay is all too tough to stomach. I remember the day he was acquired and how he was so excited to come to Philadelphia. Halladay represented this city better than most athletes, as he was determined, driven, and incredibly persistent, which translated directly to his pitching style.
Even though his life ended all too early, Halladay has certainly earned himself a spot in both the Phillies and National Baseball Hall of Fame. His spirit and love for the game could never be replaced, but hopefully the Phillies will be able to live up to the high standards he established in the clubhouse.
So long, Doc. Thanks for bringing memories to both Philadelphia and baseball fans far and wide.