Memorial Service Held For Colorado Native Roy Halladay

Memorial Service Held For Colorado Native Roy Halladay

A celebration of Halladay's life is scheduled for this afternoon at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nine different remembrances, sometimes eliciting laughs, more often moistening eyes, extended well beyond Halladay the pitcher, filling in some details of what he was as a son, a friend, a father and a husband. In the last minute, she looked at her boys.

"I still get to see him every day because I look at you", she said.

Former star pitcher Roy Halladay, who was the face of the Toronto Blue Jays for about a decade, will be remembered today in a memorial service. Former teammates echoed those sentiments, insisting that as great a pitcher as Halladay was, they were more impressed by the man off the field.

The Cards won the World Series and the two pals took their fishing trip to the Amazon, where at one point Halladay initiated a risky dip into the muddy waters of the world's longest, most unsafe river teeming with piranhas and other critters.

Halladay's father, Roy Halladay Jr., recounted how his son didn't immediately take to baseball as a child, once running to third base instead of first after making contact with the ball, and beamed at the way he grew into a better son than baseball player. Brandy spoke for 18 heartbreaking minutes about her husband and how she beat him in billiards on their first date and ping-pong on their second. Gregg Zaun was the catcher, a former teammate. I said: Dude, get back in the boat, you're going to get eaten by something. "We meet at Bob Evans at 4:30 next week, '" said Hill. Who do we know that could ever say that?

“Before I knew it, Doc belly flopped into that coffee-coloured water. They placed a single baseball there.

They went on an offseason fishing trip to Brazil, and after Carpenter had to make mention of the hit he got off Halladay in Game 5, they didnt talk any more baseball.

"We were devastated to learn that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died today in an accident involving an ICON A5 in the Gulf of Mexico", ICON Aircraft said in a statement. "I love you. Russ". All these interests, he tried to be the best he could be and full of passion. "Everybody relied on Doc and we all wanted to watch him". "We had fun with him".

Brandy Halladay urged the mourners to take nothing for granted and to hug their family members tightly.

"When my parents weren't in town and my wife wasn't in town to cook for me, I would go buy Popeyes chicken and Doc used to hate me eating Popeyes chicken, like 'Oh, man, you're going to kill yourself eating all this fried food, '" said Hudson.

"That told me everything I needed to know", Manuel said. He's staring me down.

Hudson's ribbing of Halladay didn't stop at dining decisions. I thought to myself, theres no way, theres no way he already got a workout in. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2003 when he led the league in wins (22), innings pitched (266), complete games (9), shutouts (2), games started (36) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.38) while posting a 3.25 ERA. So I said, ‘Hey, Roy, was it raining when you walked in this morning? That's my boy, man. "I got in, and she kind of like kicked me over".

For Chris Carpenter, it started when they were minor-leaguers in the Jays system, fishing late nights near the Dunedin spring camp and dreaming of the day as big-leaguers when they could simply toss their uniforms in a bin to get washed. It seemed like the butterflies didnt want to escape their captivity, just like people at the service didnt want to leave their chairs afterwards. It really hit home. The adventure that spoke volumes about Halladays personality. On Dec. 9, 2013, he signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Blue Jays so he could retire with the team with which he began his career.

"We went to him on two different occasions, we wanted to extend him, we wanted to take care of him but it wasn't about the money for Doc, he wanted to win", said Ricciardi. "ICON will do everything it can to support the accident investigation going forward, and we will comment further when more information is available". He was so invested in what we were trying to do, it was a two-way street. "It's what we do in baseball, and it's what we're going to keep doing".

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