Roy Halladay's Perfect Game
In ten years ago today Roy Halladay made baseball history faces. Twenty seven banners. Who's just a second perfect game ever thrown by a Phillies Pitcher and the twentieth in? Mlb history today. The Athletics Matt. Gelb joins us to remember that historic performance to talk about holidays. Tragic death in a plane crash three years ago and to discuss how he's remembered today selflessness that you talk about reality. He deflected everything the attention good attention that he got and it just all for everybody around from wondering on the athletic. I'm could beat the Davidson. I'm it's Friday. May Twenty ninth and this is the lead felt like something great. And that's not good this. This isn't a story. Be The athlete it stays with you. We'll so matt remind US About Roy Holidays career before he joined the Phillies Roy. Halladay was probably the best if not one of the best pitchers of his generation and the Blue Jays win. They're dating much emotion as we've ever seen him but he was overlooked because he was in Toronto with the Blue Jays and he didn't get a lot of notoriety despite putting up tremendous stats despite winning. Cy Young Awards Roy. Halladay has one hit. The Yankees just witnessed one of the fun is performances of his career. It always fascinated me how he wasn't really talked about as often as he should have been. I mean this guy was really the last sort of type of his kind. I mean you don't see pitchers complete games anymore. Roy Halladay made it a point to complete as many games as he could and really we. We won't ever see a picture like that again. I don't think and what kind of reception did Roy. Halladay have upon arriving in Philly. I mean it was crazy and the camera and the media. They were everywhere. Recording with this guy was doing his first couple of days affiliate uniform now this guy I mean. The phillies really hadn't seen a picture of his tight for a long long time. I mean they're famous for having one of the greatest lefties of all time Steve Carlton they had curt Schilling in his prime in the nineties. But Really Roy Halladay was unlike any pitcher the phillies that required he was in as in his prime and there was just this incredible amount of excitement around him joining the phillies because they had been trying for so long to acquire and they finally got him what the State of the Phillies at this point in two thousand ten when they add this as to their staff I mean the phillies are coming off back to back. World Series appearances. They've never been more popular in the city than they were at that time at the beginning of the twenty ten season. I mean they have popular players like Chase Leeann Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins and they add Roy Halladay to that mix and you know really the expectations were to to be in another world series and Roy. Halladay was given the ball on opening day and he was there to really set the pace for this team. We'll so matt take back to May Twenty ninth twenty ten set. The scene for US Live Stadium here. Miami Florida Josh Johnson. In the Florida Marlins of just taking the field as the phillies are preparing for well. The first thing I remember is that it was game one of the Stanley Cup finals. And the only reason I remember that is because the flyers were playing the blackhawks. And it's a Saturday night. You know it's late. May it wasn't really a great atmosphere. I mean there weren't a lot of fans there two of this series but also game five of this road trip. Let's take a look at Charlie manual. Starting Lot of brought to you by Xfinity. There really wasn't a lot of attention. I don't think in Philadelphia for this phillies game. Well and how did HALLADAY START THE GAME? Was He hot right out of the gate. He wasn't I mean. The first inning might have been one of his stress strenuous innings behind three and two. I mean it wasn't necessarily his best command. But he made the pitches really when he had to the outside Corner Call Strike. I think knew what he was. Just hoping that the fire Mike to Mural. Give him a pass. There's obviously this whole baseball etiquette of not talking about a perfect game while it's going on but to you in your head at least. When did you first start to think? And he could. He could really do this. I think it was around the sixth inning and it was a ball was hitting the whole. So you have Wilson bowed has. Who's just this bench player career bench guy and he has to make a really challenging play to his right and it's challenging because Cameron may is the one you hit. And he's probably the fastest guy in the Marlins at the time shortstop which could be a maven speed deaths. Hurries time to get six three on the put out to but that stuck in my head and just like you just kinda sort of started feeling like this guy might do this thing. What's that moment like? When halladay finally gets the twenty-seven everybody on their feet nowadays is not an amazing play. It really isn't. It is a good play made by Juan. Castro is the third baseman. Who's filling in and the ball? If by Ronny Paulino. Who's a backup catcher? He's pinch hitting and he's not very fast. So this ball takes a hop on the dirt and he does this little turn rose and he gets Paulino by considerable man. It was not a close play at first base toward third. Castro has spins fires the second perfect Game Philadelphia Street. He faces twenty seven. He retires. It was just a perfect play and really was. I hate to use that word. Because it's it's it might be cliche but it just really was. There's something about that played. It is so indelible in everyone's minds Roy twenty seven batters twenty-seven out tell us a little bit about it to say You know we felt like we grew early and about fifth or sixth. I was just following. I can't say enough about so matt. You and our colleague Meghan Montemurro wrote about the unique way that Roy halladay celebrated his achievement afterward. Tell us about that soon. After halladay pitched a perfect game. He wanted to find a way to you. Know thank his teammates and thank people around the phillies and this is not unusual. I mean we've seen guys in the past give out a ring or by a watch or do something special take take guys out for a really nice dinner. But in how his mind he he thought that this transcended that he thought that there were more people to thank than just the people who were on the field within that night. He thought he should thank everybody. Wanted to buy these luxury watches. He's bomb and mercy watches. They were you know a couple of grand apiece and everyone meant the clubhouse staff the video guys the trainers the front office. The doctor the bat boy his family his agent the scout who signed him sports psychologists who helped guide his career. He ended up getting sixty seven of these watches. And not only did he get these watches. He had them personalized with each person's name on the back of the face with the line score from this game. He designed a box that they came in and there is an engraving in the front and it says we do together. Thanks Roy Halladay Royston. I pitched a perfect game. We did it together for some guys. Like rich. Do is pitching coach and someone who was extremely close to him. He wants to wear the watch the watch almost every day and anywheres it because he wants to be reminded of the person that Roy. Halladay was selflessness. That you talk about reality know wasn't he deflected everything the attention of attention that he got any of just all for everybody around Don Lean is affiliate strength and conditioning coordinator who developed a really close bond with Roy Halladay. He made it a point to recognize everybody. That was involved in a moment that was truly his is moment but he wanted to make sure that we were all understood that we would not have happened without all of us participating together in as a team meant so much to us right it. Just it's forever ingrained in our minds and hearts for like that moments that we got. We got the witness. Did you know two out of three guys will experience? Some sort of male pattern baldness by the time. They're thirty five. The best way to prevent hair loss is to do something about it. Well he still have some hair left. You step to go to the doctor for a prescription but thanks to keeps you can skip the office and online to get hair loss. Medication delivered right to your home. Keeps makes it easy and delivered your medication every three months so you can say goodbye to the pharmacy checkout lines and of course awkward doctors visits keeps can take four to six months or more to see results so that makes it even more important to act fast. 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Jewelry Dot com slash lead and use code lead for twenty five dollars off. That's light box. Jewelry Dot com slash lead code lead for twenty five dollars off. What was the transition to life after baseball? Like Roy Holiday. Well for a lot of these guys it you have to fill this competitive nature that you have and some guys are able to do it better than others. And the way that Roy Halladay did it was sort of immersing himself in the psychology of the game. He had this close bond with Harvey Dorfman. The announced sports psychologists who really helped to rebuild his career in the early two thousands when he struggled and Palley felt like he had to pay it forward he wanted to give back. He wanted to sort of be. Harvey Dorfman was to him. He wanted to be that for other players and so he started taking classes at local colleges. He started volunteering with the phillies as a mental skills coach. He started coaching his son's Baseball teams travel teams He became an assistant coach at at a local high school in clearwater Florida. Where his oldest son? Brayden was a pitcher he was really embracing this life of paying it forward and giving it back and at the same time he started. Show a little his lighter side. He opened a twitter account which we thought was so out of character. The former ACE tweeted a picture of himself taking the mound against a fan whom he struck out. He captioned the tweet quote. I recorded my first strikeout since retirement time for a comeback. She has a better swing than a Rod. No steroids and quote but it turns out. You know he's pretty funny a lot of us all some of it behind the scenes he did. Love to joke was a great prankster. But you know the the average person didn't get to see that until Roy. Halladay opened a twitter account After retiring and it was pretty funny and what role did flying in his life. I mean he was an avid pilot. HIS FATHER. Roy was a pilot. This is flying is something that always fascinated him. I can recall numerous times when when before drones were a thing before they were cool. Ray Halladay had a lot of money to spend and he would by the biggest fanciest cools drones. You've ever seen and I'm talking about twenty ten. Twenty eleven he would fly around the clubhouse he wants had one of the club's give him Ryan Howard's paycheck the attached to the drone any fluid over to Ryan Howard's locker and dropped off the paycheck that way and everyone kind of thought that was awesome but flying was one of the ways that he sort of replaced these competitive juices so matt walk us through what happened in November twenty Seventeen Roy. Halladay had this this plane. It was almost like a trick plane. It was a small plane that he liked to fly and honestly he parked right near his house in Florida and he was able to. Kinda get up and get down and he would take his sons up there. He would take his sons friends up their teammates and he loved to fly and he gotten a lot of hours flying but On this day he took his plane up and this is in a residential area. I mean this was not this was not in a secluded spot where he was doing this flying and they describe in radic flight path and to sort of flying close to the water And then doing these tricks and being upside down and really the descriptions were that of over neurotic. Pilot this new video obtained by TMZ. Sports shows former baseball star. Roy Halladay flying his plane just moments before he fatally crashed into the ocean. Who really there was this feeling that he had so much left to give to this game. He had found this interest and he had taken a job with the phillies a fulltime job. He put his cell phone number on the door and invited any player to call him if they needed to talk. It's sad because he did have more to give back to this game you know. There was a toxicology report in the NTSB INVESTIGATION. That that really revealed that he. He was truly reckless. When flying this plane and he had allowed drugs in his system. He was abusing painkillers. He was abusing other drugs. He had a lot of problems. He had a lot of demons that he wasn't able to escape and new in the years since his death. We have come to learn a lot more about these struggles. That Roy Halladay had well. There is just this outpouring of grief when he died not just in Toronto or in Philly but but really throughout the baseball community. And I think we all remember when when the phillies and the Blue Jays memorialized him and his wife Brandy gave one of the more emotional speeches are eulogies that we've ever seen. I didn't know how big my heart was until I felt the amount of hurt in it with him with all my heart that we can still live in a way that will honor him and make him proud somehow live up to that impossibly high standard. What was it about? Doc that everyone everyone felt this immense sense of loss. You know I think what it was. Is that this man. He was the epitome of perfect. He was the definition of an ace. You just thought he was infallible. And he wasn't because no one is and I do think that that is something that Brandy holiday. His his widow has tried to stress in the years since that. Everybody struggles with something and in the end. It's hard to to grapple with now because royalities legacy is that he was the guy that you wanted with the ball in a game seven but in reality he he struggled in his own mind to be that guy. He didn't think that he had done enough to be that guy. He didn't think he was good enough. And it's just. It's just hard to to know that there weren't enough people around Him who knew this that he had these struggles or there weren't enough people around him to tell him that he was doing enough on finally Matt. We go back to the perfect game that we are remembering today and you you said earlier that you know in many ways Roy Halladay. The man was clearly flawed. But Roy Halladay. The player was was perfect. You know he pitches his game. He goes on to pitch a no hitter in the playoffs when you think of his legacy what role does that perfection do those no hitters play in in the legend of Roy Halladay. Ooh It really did provide you know the apex of his career. I'm glad that had happened when it did with the phillies and that a lot of us were able to see it. You know. It's a shame you never picture world series and it's a shame. He only pitched a handful of postseason games. But it's cool that we got those those moments. It's really cool. We got those moments in one of the one of his. Generation's best pitchers gave us some of those signature moments. And I think that's why there's such an attachment to that perfect game matt. Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you you can read Matt Galvin Meghan Monte Muros interviews with Roy holidays former teammates at the athletic dot com. Thanks for listening this week. 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