Halladay is recalled: “man among boys”
Family, former teammates commemorate star pitcher
CLEARWATER, FLA.» Two-time Cy Young Award winner and Denver native Roy Halladay was remembered Tuesday as an amazing husband, father, friend and teammate who was one of the best pitchers of his generation but an even better man.
A 91-minute “Celebration of Life for Roy Halladay” attracted more than 1,000 people to Spectrum Field, the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, one of two franchises Halladay played for during a stellar 16-year career.
“The man made the ballplayer,” Phillies owner John Middleton said, “not the other way around.”
Halladay died Nov. 7 at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
An eight-time all-star who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, Arvada West High School graduate Halladay played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 19982009 and for the Phillies from 2009-13, going 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA.
The public memorial began with a video tribute and ended with Halladay’s wife, Brandy, and sons, Braden and Ryan, standing on the mound and releasing butterflies from a container in a final “goodbye.”
“All eyes are on me,” the pitcher’s wife, the last of nine speakers, said from a rostrum perched behind the mound, flanked