Blue Jays: Roy Halladay “Imperfect” documentary set to air on Friday

BOSTON - APRIL 20: Roy Halladay
BOSTON - APRIL 20: Roy Halladay /

07Former Toronto Blue Jays hurler Roy Halladay will be featured in an upcoming ESPN documentary titled “Imperfect” that is set to air this coming Friday.

The trials and tribulations surrounding Roy Halladay‘s life and tragic death will be explored during the ESPN special. Halladay’s widow Brandy candidly broaches the topic about the former Blue Jays struggle with painkillers and depression in this powerful documentary.

There has been tons of speculation and rumours surrounding Halladay’s state of mind at the time of his death and his struggles with drugs leading up to the unfortunate incident. Hopefully, this special ends all the speculation once and for all so the “Doc” can finally rest in peace.

Approximately five weeks ago the National Transportation Safety Board released their findings from that crash advising Halladay had “amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgment.”

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Halladay is arguably the greatest pitcher to pitcher to ever lace them up for the Blue Jays spending 12 seasons north of the border in Toronto. The former first-round selection was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2010 season for a trio of prospects.

In 416 MLB games including 390 starts, Halladay went 203-105 with a 3.38 earned run average, 1.178 WHIP, 67 complete games, and a 65.4 WAR for the Jays and Phillies. The eight-time All-Star also won two Cy Young awards as well as tossing a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter with Philadelphia.

The hurler was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during the summer of 2019 after receiving 85.4% of the votes.

Regardless of whatever demons Halladay battled, let’s appreciate the man for what he was on the field, an intense competitor who possessed a work ethic that was second to none.

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As Brandy Halladay states in the trailer, “Imperfect people can still have perfect moments” and we all know Doc had many of those.