CLEARWATER, Fla. — Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay was remembered Tuesday as an incredible husband, father, good friend and teammate who was among the best pitchers of his era however a good higher man.
A 91-minute “Celebration of Life for Roy Halladay” attracted greater than 1,000 folks to Spectrum Field, the spring coaching residence of the Philadelphia Phillies, certainly one of two franchises Halladay performed for throughout a stellar 16-year profession.
“The man made the ballplayer,” Phillies proprietor John Middleton mentioned, “not the other way around.”
Halladay died Nov. 7 at age 40 when the non-public aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
The eight-time All-Star who pitched an ideal recreation and a playoff no-hitter, Halladay performed 12 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 and 4 for the Phillies from 2009 to ’13, going 203-105 with a three.38 profession ERA.
The public memorial started with a video tribute and ended with Halladay’s spouse, Brandy, standing on the mound and releasing butterflies from a container in a closing “goodbye.”
“All eyes are on me,” the pitcher’s spouse, the final of 9 audio system, mentioned from a rostrum perched behind the mound, flanked by photos of Halladay with the Phillies and Blue Jays, together with floral preparations bearing the 34 and 32 jersey numbers he wore.
“I’m really fortunate that I’ve gotten used to that feeling. I’ve literally been standing next to a man for 21 years that people could not take their eyes off of,” she mentioned. “He was awe-striking. He was beautiful inside and out. Without saying a word, he seemed to always have just the right thing to say. When he did speak, people listened.”
Other audio system included Halladay’s dad, Roy Jr.; former teammates Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and Chris Carpenter; longtime baseball government and former Blue Jays GM JP Ricciardi; ex-Phillies supervisor Charlie Manuel; and Blue Jays coach George Poulis.
Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, former Blue Jays supervisor Cito Gaston and one-time teammates Cliff Lee and Jimmy Rollins have been amongst different particular visitors, who accompanied the household onto the sector for the service.