Posted by: Jeremy | July 13, 2009

Halladay gets the call


Doc gets his first all-star start

Doc gets his first all-star start

Here’s something to get excited about in the midst of a hellish two-month stretch: Roy Halladay has been named the starting pitcher for the American League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. A nice honour for Doc, who’s 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA (but winless since June 7, which isn’t exactly his fault), though a bit of a surprise — Kansas City’s Zack Greinke has been better in 2009, wrapping up the first half 10-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts. Perhaps a nod from manager Joe Maddon, who’s had his share of battles with Halladay in the AL East the past few seasons (Not-so-fun fact: Doc is 2-5 against the Rays in 2008 and 2009).

Of course, the announcement of Halladay as starter couldn’t have been done without the mandatory reference to his trade availablity. This time smartass Bob Costas did the duty, introducing Doc as a Blue Jay “at least for the moment” at the press conference.

Also, with voted-in starter Dustin Pedroia missing the game to be with his pregnant wife, Aaron Hill has been announced as the fill-in replacement at second base. Hill finshed the first half hitting .292 with 20 bombs and 60 RBIs. He’ll bat eighth for the AL.

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Responses

  1. Aaron Hill deserves to start in the all-star game

  2. If Dustin Pedroia heard you say that, he’d send his brother after you…


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