Before Halladay’s ledgendary start versus the Yankees two nights ago, those were the exact words I used to describe Roy’s troubles since the trade deadline. ‘He justs needs to learn how to be a horse again.’ copying the stellar lines delivered by Chris Cooper in the film ‘Seabiscuit.’ Halladay had just come off an utterly disturbing perfomance against the Rays, giving up 7 earned runs and 12 hits in only six innings of work. 7 earned is a number that is NEVER usually associated with a Halladay start. The Doc’s record was 2 – 5 since the trade deadline, and it had people, like myself, wondering if the 2 months of constant ‘trade talk’ (more like badgering) had thrown his performance off in some way? Moreover, it had teams all around the league saying, ‘thank goodness we didn’t pull that deal!’
That all changed September 4th against the Yankees in a highly competitive A.L. East match-up. A ‘match race’ if you will! The likely A.L. East champion New York Yankees came in with their big arms (Joba Chamberlain), big bucks, big New York attitudes (not like we don’t have them in Toronto as well) and big egos (with all the media attention placed squarely on them). Everything about them seemed greater and stronger.
What the Yankees ran into Thursday night was ‘the heart of a champion.’ We road our ‘horse’ to a complete-game, one-hit shutout against the perennial A.L. East Champion and 26-time World Champion New York Yankees.
Did the Jays stand a chance? The answer is a definate ‘yes.’ We had the iron will, heart and determination of a ledgend on our side. The best thing about Halladay, is like Seabiscuit, he is a horse that has ‘spirit.’ Halladay, on Thursday night, was finally able to put the distractions aside and compete on the level that we are accustomed to seeing him. Going the distance and dominating the game for 9 innings against a monumental challenge. If only he could pitch for us everyday!
The sweetness of this one victory has put a consolation on on an otherwise extremely disappointing season for the Blue Jays. Now go win the World Series Yankees, just know that we beat you guys September 4th in the back of your head.