Remembering Roy Halladay the man, not the machine

During his 16-year career, Roy Halladay posted inhuman numbers as a starting pitcher. Need proof? Go to his Baseball Reference page and marvel at all the columns in bold and italics. Those are categories where he led the league or the majors.
By all accounts, Halladay approached the game of baseball with a Terminator-like demeanour; cold, calculated and never one to show emotion. He was only interested in completing the mission. Every five days, that mission was to finish the ball game.
He wasn’t a man … he was a machine.
Despite that lasting image most fans have of Halladay — the straight-faced competitor devoid of emotion — we don’t know the man. We only know the baseball player who took the mound every five days. The ones who know Halladay the best, namely his family and dear friends, understand that Halladay was just a regular person.
Brandy Halladay gave us a glimpse into that little-known side of her husband during her Hall of Fame acceptance speech on Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown. She painted the picture of a down-to-earth Doc; one that fans didn’t know.
“I think Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect. We are …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

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