Today, I’m going to talk about Roy Halladay. Ten years ago today, he pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins. Phillies won 1-0. It’s the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history.
Roy Halladay was magnificent. He earned the nickname “Doc” during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s still surreal and sad to me that he’s no longer around. Halladay died in a helicopter crash in Florida in November 2017.
In 2019, he got elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Seeing his wife give his speech was very emotional. It was bittersweet because he wasn’t there to give his speech.
After watching E:60 of the Roy Halladay story, his wife said that “Nothing was enough for him.” Roy was one of the best pitchers of his time and one of the most hard-working athletes. His work ethic was impeccable.
Aside from the perfect game, Doc would pitch a no-hitter in the postseason later that year. It would be the second no-hitter in postseason history. He did this against the Cincinnati Reds.
Hallaway is the 5th pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. His first one came during his stint with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003.
Hallaway was a very private person and introverted. What made him so loved is how he performed on the field. We never thought that Halladay was battling demons. I’m here to say that it’s okay to ask for help. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. We never know what someone else is going through. Halladay certainly got the help he needed.
After his baseball career, he coached his son’s High School team. They went 30-0 and won the state championship. Halladay didn’t win in the pros, but he got a ring being a High School coach.
We miss Roy Halladay. I feel for his family to go through such a tragedy. He was just 40 years old. It would’ve been interesting to see what else he could’ve accomplished off the field.
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