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.”
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.
|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|