Jesus fucking Christ. Roy Halladay was easily one of the nicest guys out there and deserved more then going out at the young age of 40. For most of us who grew up in Toronto, Roy Halladay was a childhood staple. The Doc was one of the few bright spots for otherwise forgettable Jays’ teams, but Halladay never made a fuss. While most pitchers would’ve wanted out of Toronto as soon as possible, Halladay did the opposite and gave this city everything he possibly could, even winning the CY Young in 2003 and had multiple All-Star appearances whilst on the Jays.
Halladay is easily one of the greatest pitchers of his generation if not THE greatest. Halladay posted a career record of 203-105 and had it not been for his final season on the Phillies, Doc would’ve ended his career with double the amount of wins as he did loses. the craziest part of all this is the fact that, as previously mentioned, Halladay played on some truly shitty Jays teams. He never saw the postseason once, while dawning a Jays uniform and yet, Halladay just continued to keep his head down and win games because that’s the type of guy Roy Halladay was. A winner.
I was lucky enough that the last time I ever saw Halladay pitch, he pitched a complete game shutout. I don’t think I’ll forget it. I was in complete admiration for how dominant he was, I can honestly say that in my life, I’ve never seen a pitcher live as dominant as Halladay was. He was like clockwork.
Obviously the one thing missing from Halladay’s career is a World Series ring. Halladay did to go to the postseason twice, while on the Phillies and boy did he take advantage of his limited time. In his first ever postseason game, Halladay threw a no-hitter that almost all baseball fans will remember. Then, in his second year with the Phillies, he lost a heartbreaking 1-0 game to former Blue Jays teammate Chris Carpenter.
I don’t know what else there is to say about Roy Halladay. He was the best Toronto athlete I’d ever seen before we were blessed with Auston Matthews. Halladay could’ve demanded a trade a hell of a lot earlier in his career and could’ve left us like Vince Carter but instead, he gave us 10 outstanding years. So rest in peace Doc, I can’t think of anyone who deserved to live to 100 more then you.
P.S. Feel like it’s only fair that the Jays retire Halladay’s number this season. It’s a shame that he never got to see it but I think it’s something that has to be done. Sooner, rather then later.