The Halladay Break-Up

So much for staying together for the kids.

Now I know what it must feel like for those poor children on Jon & Kate Plus 8 watching their parents go through a bitter custody battle, because it appears the same thing is happening to Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays organization – they’re breaking up.

The most recent development was Paul Beeston’s quote in the New York Post indicating that there is absolutely no chance Halladay will stick around in Toronto following the end of his contract in 2010.


“We would like to sign him, he is an original Blue Jay and we have never had a pitcher as good as him … but he is not inclined to sign with us.”

At this point in the proverbial marriage between Doc and the Blue Jays, Halladay is living it up as a single man and seeing other people while the Jays have been desecrated to sleeping on the couch while living on a steady diet of cheezies and “Who’s the Boss” reruns.

It’s unfortunate that it had to come to this, but it’s very rare that an amicable breakup is possible in this particular situation. People are going to say things they don’t mean, tears are going to be shed, and feelings are going to get hurt.

The important thing here is that the kids (the fans) aren’t the ones that suffer. The best way to do this is for the Blue Jays to trade Roy Halladay in order to get the most in return in the way of players and prospects, and also so that this doesn’t become a long and drawn out process.

I remember how emotionally draining it was during each Roy Halladay start at the trade deadline earlier this year, so imagine how difficult it would be to experience that for yet another season. There was something heart-wrenching about watching Doc tip his cap to the crowd at the Rogers Centre knowing fully well that it could have been his last game as a Blue Jay. Frankly, I don’t know if I could do that ever again.

It’s hard to say goodbye, however I am ready to let go and say so long to Roy Halladay. In this instance, I think it’s better for everyone if they decided to go their separate ways and agree that it’s better to just be friends.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

9 thoughts on “The Halladay Break-Up

  • November 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I entirely agree that this "break up" must remain cordial. After all, Roy's number could be the first Blue Jays number retired once he's retired. It's sad to see him go, but for the good of the team, they need to make this happen…soon! The Jays have a surprising amount of pitching depth who have learned from everything Doc does to prepare…let's hope plenty of that work ethic and professionalism rubbed off on all our youngsters.

  • November 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I find it a little disturbing that you've photoshopped Doc's head on Boobs McGee there.

    Seriously though, I aint mad at Doc and feel like he hasn't done anything wrong. He gave the club 2 chances at building a winner by bypassing free agency, and the new regime has informed him it'll be a while yet.

    So that's it that's all, it's the end of an era. It breaks my fucking heart, but that's life.

  • November 23, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    The trades in Jays history that are most similar to the potential Roy Halladay deal are as follows:

    – Shawn Green traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Jorge Nunez (minors) to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Pedro Borbon and Raul Mondesi.
    – Roger Clemens traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Homer Bush, Graeme Lloyd and David Wells.
    – David Wells traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Matt DeWitt to the Chicago White Sox for Mike Williams (minors), Kevin Beirne, Brian Simmons and Mike Sirotka.
    – David Cone Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Jason Jarvis (minors), Mike Gordon (minors) and Marty Janzen.

    Let's hope the Halladay deal works out a little better.

  • November 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    BJD, the longer this drags on for the worse it's going to get. If the Jays leave it to the trade deadline in July, they won't get much for him, and if they let Halladay walk, then they only get two picks. Do it now while his value is at his highest!

    Ack, I know it felt strange putting Roy Halladay's head on Jennifer Aniston's body, but it also felt right at the same time. I've always had a thing for her, so it was like I was creating the perfect specimen.

    No, I'm not mad at Doc – he doesn't owe anything to the Blue Jays whatsoever. It'll just hurt to see him go.

    Peter D, compared to all those trades that involved franchise players, I guess Alex Anthopoulos can't do much worse, right? I'm a bit nervous having a rookie GM pull off the biggest trade in the history of this club, but I'm confident he'll get fair value for Halladay.

  • November 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    If the Jays unload Vernon in any trade scenario I'll be happy with whatever comes back. No I don't hate Wells but that's a lot of money that would be freed up…

  • November 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    When it's all said and done, Ian, can we really be friends???????

  • November 23, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Mattt, the V-Dub thing is another issue entirely. I will probably attempt to make some sense of it in a post this off-season.

    eyebleaf, yes … we can be friends. I can't stay mad at Doc, no matter where he goes because he will always be a Blue Jay in my mind and heart. *single tear*

  • November 24, 2009 at 7:32 am

    No to V-Dub being put with Halladay. If we're trading the franchise, we can't expect the Jays to get any value from the trade.

    And I still maintain your photoshop skills are top notch, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

  • November 24, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks BK! now I can warrant spending all those hours photoshopping heads onto other people's bodies. I guess that's what the off-season has done to me … and the sad thing is that it's only the beginning!


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