Today we lost one of the greats, not only as a pitcher but a as a man. At just 40 years old, Roy Halladay’s amphibious plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off of Florida, tragically taking his life in the process. Halladay was one of the most dominant pitchers of his time, with over 200 wins and an impressive 3.88 career ERA. Perhaps the most admirable accomplishment was the impact he left off the field. Today in the media players, reporters, and friends alike gave their most heartfelt goodbyes to a man seemingly respected by all. A competitor on the field, wearing his heart on his sleeve and giving his all in every outing still earned the respect of the competition. The most touching remembrance came from former Phillies teammate and close friend Chase Utley, who reflected on the day he met The Doc.
Aside from the second basemen, a long list of somber goodbyes included the likes of Mike Trout, Chris Archer, and many more. Along with current and former players, all of the organizations he once represented remembered the ace that once was.
Roy Halladay never wore a Red Sox jersey albeit countless rumors throughout the tail end of his career discussing a potential switch. Regardless of the colors he wore, I was always the first the appreciate greatness. At the end of the day, this is a tragic loss for not only baseball, but all that had the chance to witness his Hall of Fame career on the mound. Thank you Roy, and rest easy to the Doc.
Prayers to the Halladay’s and any that knew him.