Admittedly, I haven’t been on the Roy Halladay Philly train the way a lot of Jays fans have been this season. Yeah, he was to die for in Toronto, then he left…it took a couple weeks, but I got over it, mostly because I had plenty of time to prepare for the inevitable. At least I thought I’d dealt with it, but I’m starting to realize now I was in denial all along. I picked Tim Lincecum to win the Cy Young. I watched Doc’s first start as a Phillie on Opening Day and secretly hoped he’d lose (shameful, I know). I scoffed at the idea of road tripping to Philadelphia, where he’ll potentially pitch against the Jays in a few weeks. Then tonight happened, and I realized just how much I miss having the big fella in my life.
In case you hadn’t caught wind, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League history in Florida tonight, beating the Marlins 1-0. Doc threw 115 pitches, struck out 11 and got pinch hitter Ronny Paulino to ground out to third on a 1-2 pitch to end it. Yeah, my heart aches that he didn’t do the deed in Toronto, but I couldn’t be happier for the guy. The hardest working man in all of baseball is now among the greatest of the greats, having achieved the game’s most remarkable individual feat. I’m guessing he’s not about to stop pushing himself either.