Halladay calm in the eye of the trade storm

How much of what you do for a living defines who you are? For Roy Halladay, I’m sure that his job is simply more than just coming to the ballpark every day and putting in the eight hours. To him it’s more than a job; it’s a way of life.

Even though it seems like the entire baseball world is focused on him, Halladay manages to stay focused despite the whirlwind of trade rumours. I think Halladay said it best in the quote below:

In what could very well be his final appearance as a Blue Jay, Roy Halladay will show up to work today and do what he has always done. He will go through his pre-game routine as usual, and perform to the best of his ability on the mound later tonight. It may be just another start in Halladay’s mind, but for fans it may just be the last goodbye.

One of the main reasons baseball purists admire Roy Halladay is his devotion to the game and his dedication to his craft. He may not be the most accessible baseball player or the friendliest guy, but he makes up for it all by doing what he is paid to do; win.


As we saw over the weekend, the work that Roy and Brandy Halladay do with Doc’s Box and the Hospital for Sick Children is a testament to the type of people they are. The raw emotion that Brandy Halladay displayed during the broadcast truly shows that their family is emotionally invested in the Blue Jays and the city of Toronto.

Halladay has spent the better part of eleven seasons now with the Blue Jays organization and is the only active pitcher with 100 wins or more to have not pitched in the playoffs. The city of Toronto and Blue Jays fans everywhere should understand that Doc more than deserves the chance to win a championship elsewhere if the Blue Jays can’t provide that for him.Until then, we will be graced with another chance to see arguably the best pitcher of this era work his magic on the mound. Let’s not take it for granted.

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.

4 thoughts on “Halladay calm in the eye of the trade storm

  • July 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I will personally fist-fight anyone who takes the Halladays for granted.

    Of course, I'd be badly beaten, but the beating would be worth it on principle alone.

  • July 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    You and me both, Ack. The Halladays are good people and we owe a lot to them.

    I've personally never been in a fight before, but I'd we willing to take a punch to defend them.

  • July 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Long live Doc. They should man up and do a surprise addition to the Blue Jays Level of Excellence for Halladay. He's earned it.

  • July 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Hell yeah, that's a great idea! If they do that this evening, maybe it will guilt trip Doc to stick around for a few more years.

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