Hal­la­day’s wife ‘fought hard’ to keep Roy out of the cock­pit

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Roy Hal­la­day’s wife “fought hard” to con­vince the eight-time all-star to stay out of the cock­pit.

The for­mer Blue Jays ace, who trag­i­cally died Tues­day af­ter­noon when his plane crashed off the Florida coast, once ap­peared in a pro­mo­tional video for ICON, the maker of the air­craft Hal­la­day was pi­lot­ing.

“She’s fought me the whole way,” Hal­la­day says in the video while stand­ing next to his wife, Brandy.

She replies: “Hard. I fought hard. I was very against it.”

But then Brandy ex­plains how a sin­gle fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence con­vinced her oth­er­wise.

“I went down with him one day to the train­ing cen­tre in St. Pete and they said, ‘Oh, you want to go up for a ride?’

“I got up in that plane. I looked over and said, ‘OK, I get it. This is amaz­ing.’”

Later in the clip, Hal­la­day talks about how “ex­cited” he is to have the No. 01 ICON A5 out of the 100 founder’s edi­tion.

“That is pretty cool,” he says. “To think that I get to take that home is pretty sur­real.”

The sher­iff’s de­part­ment in Pasco County, Fla., con­firmed Hal­la­day’s body was found at the scene of the crash.

At a news con­fer­ence, Sher­iff Chris Nocco — who knew Hal­la­day — said the ICON A5 went down about noon Eastern Time near Hol­i­day, Fla.

“He was prob­a­bly one of the most hum­ble hu­man be­ings you’ll ever meet,” Nocco said. “For some­body who won two Cy Youngs, as I said one of the great­est pitch­ers in base­ball, he would walk in the room as if he was just any­body. It didn’t mat­ter who he met, he was kind and gen­er­ous.”

The sher­iff’s of­fice ma­rine unit re­sponded to the downed plane and found Hal­la­day’s body.

No sur­vivors were found. Po­lice said they couldn’t con­firm if there were ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers on the plane or say where it was headed.

Hal­la­day was an am­a­teur pi­lot who of­ten posted on so­cial me­dia about small planes. ICON air­craft had posted a video with Hal­la­day try­ing out a new plane.

In May, a sim­i­lar ICON A5 crashed in Cal­i­for­nia, killing two of the com­pany’s en­gi­neers.

A screen grab from a pro­mo­tional video that ap­peared on Youtube shows Hal­la­day and his wife in­side the cock­pit.

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