Roy Halladay celebrated as a friend, father who happened to be a great pitcher

Roy Halladay celebrated as a friend, father who happened to be a great pitcher
Memorial service will celebrate the life of former star Jays pitcher Halladay
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay smiles on the bench in Toronto in 2003. Former Toronto Blue Jays star pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Fred Thornhill)

Loading newsletters By clicking Confirm Account, I agree to the terms of service and privacy policy of Rogers Media.But Roy Halladay — the quiet workaholic whose personality didn’t exactly mesh with that traveling circus' demands — was bound and determined to prove a point. And so, when the request came on the first day of spring training for a Sports Illustrated cover shot of himself, Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, Halladay was going to hold out until the fifth rotation member — Joe Blanton — was included with everyone else.

Halladay, 40, was the only person on the two-seater plane that crashed just off Holiday, Florida, on the Gulf coast north of the Tampa Bay area, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

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“He had me do that before the game, and it really cleared my mind and helped me get locked in. He told me his best score was 2 minutes and 35 seconds. He said he was awful his first time so it would be OK if I finished in six or seven minutes. My first time was 14 minutes, 20 seconds. He just started laughing.””I think all of us, we know we’re fortunate enough to be able to do this and this is something that we thoroughly, thoroughly enjoy and we want to do it  forever, but it doesn’t last forever. So he left his mark and I think he did it the best possible way in the game of baseball and everybody’s going to remember that.”

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Roy Halladay saluted by family, teammates at service: 'The man made the ballplayer'
Roy Halladay saluted by family, teammates at service: 'The man made the ballplayer'

Halladay died Nov. 7 at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

“I told my wife at that time, ‘Why are you using that shirt? What happens when he becomes a major league baseball player?’” Roy Halladay Jr. said. “She laughed. Didn’t think it was possible.””It’s such a helpless feeling when you don’t have your best pitch and you have to go up against a tremendous lineup. It’s kinda like you feel naked out on the mound. And that’s not a good feeling. You have to compete as hard as you can. It’s a little bit nicer when you know you have that confidence in a certain pitch when you get into a situation that you can get out of it.Halladay tragically died in a plane crash earlier this month when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

Roy Halladay Teammates Share Emotional Tributes … At Memorial Service

Memorial service will celebrate the life of former star Jays pitcher Halladay
Memorial service will celebrate the life of former star Jays pitcher Halladay
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The eight-time All-Star who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, Halladay played 12 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998-2009 and four for the Phillies from 2009-13, going 203-105 with a 3.38 career ERA.

attributed to brain damage suffered during his career: Waters, a father of three, died of a self-inflicted gunshot on Nov. 20, 2006, in Tampa, Fla. His death came three days before Thanksgiving. He was 44.
Other speakers included Cole Hamels, Chris Carpenter and Halladay’s former manager Charlie Manuel.

(Published Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017) nbc.tbNextVideoIsSafe = true; Fans, family, friends and teammates paused Tuesday to remember the life of legendary Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.

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In lieu of flowers, the Halladay family is requesting contributions be made to the Halladay Family Foundation. The foundation focuses on supporting youth sports programs and animal welfare, two causes that are important to the family.

“We remember him as an amazing father, loving husband and loyal friend,” his family said in a statement Thursday. “He described each achievement as a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment, a true testament to his character and love for his teammates.”There are a lot of ways I could have started this article. Roy Halladay had an incredible career that contained both consistency and utter brilliance, but it says a lot about how he’s beloved in Philadelphia that one of his best moments was going to the zoo.

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Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about“It’s just so deserving and it is history and there will never be another Roy,” she said.

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Roy Halladay: Celebration of life

“It was instant silence,” Brogdon said. “We looked around at each other and were just at a loss for words. We all just packed up our things and left. We didn’t even say a word.”

died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico last week. He was 40 years old.A celebration of Halladay’s life took place at 4 p.m. at Spectrum Field, the spring training home of the Phillies in Clearwater, Florida. The service was open to the public.

Chase Utley, another ex-Phillies teammate, told a story depicting how hard of a worker Halladay was based on his workout on the first day of spring training.

“I think I read it on the internet in the evening and it was a shock, a terrible shock,” said Schnurr. “Adored this guy. He was quite a number in Toronto.”On if Yu Darvish’s World Series was tough to watch and if it shocked him:

Halladay will have lasting impact on young Phils

Roy Halladay was honored by teammates, family and friends at a memorial service in Florida on Tuesday … remembering the star pitcher for his accomplishments both on and off the field.
Halladay was teaching future Phillies 24 hours before he died
Halladay was teaching future Phillies 24 hours before he died
He was a great pitcher — with two Cy Youngs, a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter to his credit — but in his mind he was not ever as good as he wanted to make himself. Halladay was a great father, a great husband, the best in the majors at being prepared for the job of pitching: arriving at the park before anyone else, getting his work in all alone before others could report and distract him. But internally, he felt that surely there had been other athletes more prepared who had come before him — although nobody who knew him could name one.

Halladay to be remembered Tuesday at Phillies' spring home

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Halladay had this way of making you second-guess the wisdom of a question to the point where it improved you as a columnist or reporter. Be prepared and, yes, you could make him smile.

Naturally, the city loved him. After 10 season in Philadelphia, he finished his career with the Arizona Cardinals in 1995.My personal farewell to Roy Halladay, whose joy in retirement might well have surpassed his pitching triumphs: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

After Halladay’s first season, his jersey went into a memory box, only to be used as a wash rag months later.Related Stories Celebration of life for Roy Halladay to be held Tuesday Halladay was flying plane low, witnesses say Halladay was among first to fly model of plane he died in Photos Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager JP Ricciardi talks about his former Blue Jays pitcher, Roy Halladay, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Oops. Something went wrong. Please wait a minute and refresh your browser.After receiving a standing ovation from those in attendance, she joined her sons, Braden and Ryan, on the mound. They joined other speakers, friends and relatives in releasing butterflies as a final goodbye to Halladay.Phillies owner John Middleton praised Halladay for being more than an athlete, always making time for charitable causes, being “the real deal”.

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The 1995 Arvada West High School graduate was one of the best baseball players ever to come out of Colorado.

The eight-time All-star and two-time Cy Young Award winning major league all-star pitcher died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off of the coast of Florida last week.

While we mourn the loss of the core of our family, we choose to celebrate him and remember the man we knew privately on and off the field. We hope that he serves as an example of professionalism,integrity and hard work for all who knew him. For us, we will forever remember his unconditional love,humility and the sacrifices he made to provide for the family that meant the world to him.

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The true measure of a man is in the influence he had on the lives of others. Not only was Halladay an example of how to maximize one’s athletic ability, he made us feel we could all be more caring as men and women, as human beings.

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