Baseball winter meeting began today and I knew the Toronto Blue Jays were going to hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. I thought they were going to have some new free agent signings or just internal staff announcement. I didn’t expect it was the announcement of signing long-time great pitcher, Roy Halladay to a 1-day contract so that he can retire as a Toronto Blue Jays.
Roy “Doc” Halladay is a class-act and most possibly the best pitcher who wore the Toronto Blue Jays uniform. He was always humble, down-to-earth, polite and just going out on the mound and led by example. He took paycuts so that the team can sign other free agents to be competitive in the tough American League. Unfortunately, those signings never materialized and Halladay never got a chance to compete in the playoffs as a Toronto BlueJays. He was later traded to the Philadelphia Phillies to have his shot to win the World Series. He got to the post seasons a few times but the team couldn’t buy him a ring.
There were many players who once wore the Blue Jays uniforms but the amount of love and passion Roy displayed to the city of Toronto is unmeasurable. He loves the Blue Jays, he loves the city of Toronto and he loves his Blue Jays fans. I am happy that he retires as a Toronto Blue Jays. I am sure the team will honor him so he can join the rest of the Level of Excellence such as Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar at the Rogers Centre and he deserves the recognition 120%!
Although he never won a world series ring but he has an excellent track record and stats to back it up. I hope he will be elected to join the Cooperstown in the near future! Thank you Roy “Doc” Halladay for everything that you did for this city! I am proud of you and proud to be a Toronto Blue Jays fan.
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