It sure was great to see Roy Halladay in a Blue Jays uniform once again, wasn’t it? While Friday’s Home Opener may have been forgettable, the appearance by one Harry Leroy III made it all worthwhile.
Prior to the game, Halladay said on Twitter that he would throw his famous cut fastball as the ceremonial first pitch from Friday’s game, and true to his word … he did.
Most likely thought Doc was joking about throwing his signature pitch which carved up countless hitters over the years, but here’s a screencap of his cutter grip. Perhaps he threw it that way out of habit.
And not to mention, the pitch he threw to Mark Buehrle was straight down the heart of the plate. Of course, you may remember Halladay and Buehrle combined once to pitch a game that lasted only one hour and fifty minutes.
The laser-like precision of this pitch just goes to prove that Doc’s still got it.
GIFs of Halladay’s first pitch after the jump.
Image courtesy of AP Photo/The Canadian Press Peter Power