This was Doc last night in Philadelphia - thanks for the memories!
Tonight was bittersweet.
All I could think about heading to the ballpark tonight was that I couldn't believe this could be the end for Doc Halladay and his Phillies home career. It appears that this is exactly what it was though.
The memories came on too fast, the Perfect Game in Miami against these Marlins on May 29th 2010, the first Perfect Game for the Phillies since Jim Bunning did it in 1964, well before a lot of us, including this writer, were even born.
We got to see greatness that night, it was only the 20th time that a Perfect Game was thrown and happened in Major League history.
Halladay wasn't done either in 2010, for good measure he tossed a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS. It was only the second time in all of baseball history that this was done.
Halladay would say after the Reds game:
“It’s surreal, it really is,” Halladay said. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.”
Roy Halladay wanted to come to Philadelphia to win, the get a championship and bring it home once more for the Philadelphia fans, and of course to call himself a World Series Champion.
That particular dream may have escaped Halladay in Philadelphia, if he really isn't coming back here in 2014. Tonight was probably his last start ever at home in Philly, if it is true that he won't be back here for another chance.
Halladay is a champion though, he's a Hall of Famer, for sure. A winner, a battler, and a great baseball player. He could have mailed in the last few months and even sat out, but he's not like that, he's going to give you his all. That's what the fans in Philly really love about him.
I watched after Roy's night was done on the mound tonight, he left the game with a 6-1 lead. Right after he got the final out, which was a pop-up, many fans left their seats as well, they were there to see one of the best pitchers that the game has known here in Philly, he may be gone and they were gone.
Losing Roy Halladay now for the Phillies has really hurt, it's left a mark. The great years really may be over. All of the winning, the sellouts and the cheering happy crowds. There's no crying in baseball, although my eyes are full of water, I just can't let the tears fall.
Roy Halladay's years with the Phillies from 2010 not including last night's win his 55th as a Phillie:
|162 Game Avg.||17||9||.660||3.39||33||6||2||0||233|
|TOR (12 yrs)||148||76||.661||3.43||287||49||15||1||2046.2|
|PHI (4 yrs)||54||28||.659||3.26||101||18||5||0||696.1|
|AL (12 yrs)||148||76||.661||3.43||287||49||15||1||2046.2|
|NL (4 yrs)||54||28||.659||3.26||101||18||5||0||696.1|