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.