Yesterday the sports world learned about the tragic passing of pitching legend Roy Halladay. Halladay, who pitched for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, was killed in a plane crush. It was a private plane that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while he was allegedly doing tricks, according to TMZ. He was the only one in the plane during the crash.
Halladay was one of the most well-liked and at the same time most feared pitchers in the early 2000s. He won two Cy Young awards and pitched an incredibly memorable no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Division Series. Yankees legend Derek Jeter said Halladay was the toughest pitcher he ever faced in his career. His loss is being felt all over the baseball community from former teammates to current players who grew up idolizing Halladay’s intense preparation and desire for every pitch to be perfect.
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) November 7, 2017
In shock over the terrible news about Roy Halladay… a pitcher I grew up admiring & rooting for. Praying for his family & friends. #RIPDoc
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) November 7, 2017
When Roy threw his perfect game, he bought about 60 watches to commemorate the occasion each engraved and personalized. The case had a plaque that read "Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks" – Roy Halladay#FirstClass #LeadersLead #R.I.P.Doc pic.twitter.com/hoXNoAIFDX
— Nelson Figueroa Jr. (@FigSNY) November 8, 2017
My prayers go out the family of Roy Halladay. He was a fierce competitor between the lines and a considerate friend, husband, and father off the field. His wife Brandy and sons are in our hearts and prayers tonight. #RIPDoc
— Albert Pujols (@PujolsFive) November 8, 2017
Fans have started a memorial for Roy Halladay outside of the Third Base Gate at Citizens Bank Park. 🌹
— Phillies (@Phillies) November 8, 2017
Statement from the Blue Jays organization on the tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/Ih8D0RQE9p
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was much more than a HOF pitcher; he was a great teammate and an even better person. The way he conducted himself on and off the field will continue to serve as an example of the right way to play this game. We will sorely miss him and send our prayers to his family.
— Tommy Joseph (@_TommyJoseph_) November 8, 2017
— John Clark NBCPhilly (@JClarkNBCS) November 8, 2017
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 8, 2017
So long “Doc” @RoyHalladay. This is how I remember “Doc” … as a @BlueJays. Drafted,signed &developed by.This was a man’s man. Proud 2 call you a friend & teammate. #RIPRoy . pic.twitter.com/jaB990Uesg
— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) November 8, 2017
— Al Leiter (@Al_Leiter22) November 8, 2017