While watching the HOF stuff over the last 24 hours, it's still weird not seeing Roy Halladay with Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera, and Edgar Martinez. As you know, Halladay was killed in a plane crash back in November of 2017. He never got to hear his name announced as a first ballot Hall Of Fame and that's a shame, because holy shit was he a good pitcher.
I watched him torment the Orioles for YEARS when he was in Toronto, and he did that to the rest of the league when he got to Philly. Every fifth day he was almost untouchable, but one night in October, he really was. The Phillies took on the Reds in the 2010 NLDS with Halladay on the bump and they knew they were in good shape to win. If not for a Jay Bruce walk, we'd be talking about Halladay's Perfect Game in the playoffs, crazy. This really was a dominating performance by Doc, nine innings, eight Ks, one walk, and only 104 pitches, we're talking a game a hair over 2 hours and 30 minutes. Quick work by Halladay.
The clip of Joey Votto that's been going around recently about that game is great too. Votto talks about how he knew he had to try and get Doc out of his rhythm, and he knew how to do it. He gets in the box, waits…waits…waits… calls time as Roy starts his windup. Does the exact same thing the next pitch. Deep down Roy was furious, but he got Votto to ground out and went on to the next guy. You could try and ruffle his feathers, but it didn't work, especially not that night.
Congrats to Roy Halladay and especially his family, still insanely sad that he didn't get to hear his name called.