Halladay is re­called: “man among boys”

Fam­ily, for­mer team­mates com­mem­o­rate star pitcher

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Fred Goodall Yong Kim, The Philadel­phia In­quirer by pic­tures of Halladay with the Phillies and Blue Jays, along with flo­ral ar­range­ments bear­ing the 34 and 32 jersey num­bers he wore. “I’m re­ally for­tu­nate that I’ve got­ten used to that feel­ing. I’ve li

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

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