Blue Jays: Baseball world reacts to Roy Halladay passing
The baseball world was rocked yesterday by the unfortunate passing of arguably the greatest pitcher to ever toe the rubber north of the border as Roy Hallada passed away at the age of 40 as a result of a plane crash.
Roy Halladay pitched 16 seasons in the majors spending three-quarters of his career as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to the “City of Brotherly Love” in 2009 for a handful of prospects. The often stoic hurler notorious for his unrivaled work ethic left his mark on many players and personalities throughout major league baseball as many took to social media to pay tribute to the “Doc”.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said it best yesterday in an interview with the MLB Network when speaking of Halladay. Rosenthal stated not only was he was heartbroken but:
"“That his teammates did not just like him, they revered him.”"
Former pitcher and Canadian’ Ryan Dempster shared a story of Halladay signing a jersey for him after learning Dempster loved actor Chris Farley:
"“Demper, Always enjoyed watching you pitch from my van down by the river.”"
MLB Tonight – Dempster remembers Halladay
Ryan Dempster remembers Roy Halladay with a story about his sense of humor.
Posted by MLB Network on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The MLB Network also released this video in memory of the life and career of Halladay. This video will definitely invoke memories of yesteryear for Blue Jays and Phillies fans respectively.
Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons who managed Halladay in his first go-round as Jays manager spoke about the hurler on Tim and Sid yesterday.
"“He was a pleasure to know, a pleasure to manage and we all feel for his family right now and we all feel special we had some time with him in this lifetime.”"
Here are some of the tweets from around the baseball world that show you just how loved and respected the “Doc” really was.
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This is a small sample size of the messages that have poured in over social media as the baseball world pays their respects for one of the greatest to ever lace them up. Rest in Peace Doc, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten.