He is Legend

No pitcher prepares, trains and works harder than Roy Halladay.  His pre-game preparation and spring training regiment has become ‘a tale of legend’ among his peers.  You know whyDocPerfectgame.jpg the movie ‘I am Legend’ with Will Smith flopped in the box office?  Because it wasn’t about the life of Roy Halladay. 

Halladay focuses on every hitter/team like a school exam, and he is a straight ‘A’ student.  Some would call the Yankees and the Red Sox a hard test?  Not for Halladay.  ‘The Doc’ was 13-6 with a 2.59 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP against both teams while he was in the A.L. East.

No test is too difficult for Halladay.  On a Saturday night in Florida, Roy was given the test of the Florida Marlins and scored perfect.  With one out in the 8th inning I watched Halladay freeze a very good hitter, Dan Uggla, on a 2-seam sinking fastball that broke towards the outside corner of the plate.  When I saw him make that pitch, I knew he had enough to be perfect.  Sure enough, Ronny Paulino grounded a ball hit slowly enough in the hole that Phillies utility infielder, Juan Castro, could make a play on.  The rest was history!  A perfect history exam, if you will?

In all seriousness, does it get any better than Halladay?  As if you didn’t know how good he is yet?                     

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2 comments

  1. Jonah

    No offence to the Marlins – who do have some decent hitters like Uggla, Ramirez and Cantu in their lineup – but Halladay’s arsenal and strategy to batters has been forged and battle-tested against the beasts of the AL East (e.g. Red Sox, Yankees, Rays). It was great for Doc to throw that perfecto; he deserves all the plaudits bestowed upon him. It’s a great shame that we won’t be able to see him in Toronto this year, but if you’re going to get one thing right this year Commissioner Bud, get the schedule-maker to have the Phillies play in T-Dot next year. The first interleague series.

    Jonah
    http://jonah77.mlblogs.com

  2. greg1969

    Well, Jeremy, the Legend did it again tonight in the NLDS. A near-perfect-game, 1 BB no-hitter. Congrats to Halladay (tip of the cap)– job well done. Not a Phillies fan, as you know, and I don’t care if the Phillies win the WS. But that was FUN to watch.
    Take care, Jeremy!

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