The Perfect Moment

Posted by Corey Seidman, Sat, May 29, 2010 11:07 PM | Comments: 36

Few and far between in life are the moments that feel immediately historic. Instants where a period of reflection takes place so quickly after the happenstance, that you have yet to fully fathom the monumentality of what just occurred.

We will all forever remember where we were when Roy Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in the 135-year history of major league baseball. Every single one of us. Forgetting our own personal recollections of Halladay’s masterpiece decades from now would be harder than remembering them.

For example, I can easily envision myself waxing poetic forty years from now, recalling to my grandchildren about how I watched this game with my father, the night after his 56th birthday. It will always stand out to me because my dad lives in a “DVR-world,” as he so eloquently puts it. A world where he sacrifices the actual viewing of a live game in order to fast forward the idle time between pitches.

But it just so happened that of all nights, this was the night he chose to sit down with me in the living room and watch Roy Halladay fillet the fish.

There are two roads I can take you down at this point – The Road of Analysis and The Road of Reflection. Odds are, you’ve read the ESPN recaps. You’ve been to Phillies.com and you’ll eagerly anticipate Jayson Stark adding his oodles of fascinating tidbits.

So, rather than waste your time and repeat what you can find on any other website, let’s make this moment personal for all of us. Let’s discuss the sentimentality of this Billy Chapel-like performance. Tell me your stories. In the comments section, write and tell me where you were when this game took place; what made it memorable; what made it special.

Because that is exactly what it was – special. The jittery, bubbly feeling we were left with when Ryan Howard sprinted from the first base bag to the pitchers mound, or after Carlos Ruiz and Halladay embraced felt eerily similar to the moment etched in time when Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinske. Both were feelings of satisfaction, pride, and, most importantly, relief.

Jim Bunning

Halladay’s perfecto was the second in Phillies history and the first since Jim Bunning’s 1964 gem. Until now, any of us under the age of 50 have never truly experienced one of our guys pitching a perfect game.

My dad was nine years old when Bunning man-handled the Mets. He clearly remembers watching it in the basement of his friend Stevie’s house, a boy who is now a middle-aged math teacher at my former high school. For my dad, this was the one shining moment during a dark period of both Phillies baseball and American history.

Much like many other young children, my dad was deeply wounded by John F. Kennedy’s assassination the year prior to Bunning’s perfect game. Just as he remembers being in Stevie’s basement watching Bunning, he remembers playing football with his friends and dedicating a touchdown to the memory of JFK the day he died. Both represented those aforementioned “immediately historic” moments – one glorious, the other tragic.

After Bunning’s perfecto, we all know what happened to the ’64 Phillies. Many of you older fans can probably tell me exactly where you were on the final day of the 1964 season, too, when it sunk in that the Phils had let a massive lead slip away. You can tell me where you were when Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were killed, and where you were at the end of 60s when “one giant leap for mankind” was made.

That’s the point. These are moments when statistical analysis does not matter, moments when groundball-flyball ratios and criticisms of pinch-hitting Wes Helms for the fleet-footed Cameron Maybin are secondary to the unforgettable mark a perfect game leaves in each of our hearts.

Unforgettable was the rocket Wilson Valdez launched from deep short to nail Maybin at first base, the scorched one hopper that Juan Castro snagged at third, or the game-ending groundout from the bat of Ronny Paulino. And of course, Halladay being Halladay, most of his praise was re-directed to Ruiz for calling such a magnificent game.

Whether or not you care about the personal reflections I’ve outlined in this space, take this moment for what its worth and just smile. Let’s embrace this feeling and talk about stats tomorrow.

We could go the rest of our lives without seeing another Phillie retire twenty-seven men in order.

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  • Posts: 0 beta sigma delta shag

    As a fellow DVR-world person, but only because I work most nights until 10 or 11pm, and wait to get home to watch the games on DVR, reason you do not see me on here during most game days, And today watch a movie with my wife until about 8pm, and caught up to “real time” middle of the 3rd. And from the 6th inning on would not move from my seat, as my wife fell asleep, and even made my dog come back into the living room when she tried to go into the bedroom, can not change the flow of game by moving. It was an awesom sight to see, and you are mostly right that the feeling inside was eerielly similar to that night with Lidge on the mound. But I must say I did not celebrate the same as that night, but if it was not for that night two years ago, I probably would have been texting and calling my friends and familly in Philly, and dancing a lot more than I did. It also is harder to celebrate and not wake up a sleeping wife on the couch. She did wake up to watch the last out, but has the ability to fall right back to sleep. I truely can not believe I witnessed this perfect moment in Phillies history.

  • Posts: 0 Pat

    My girlfriend and I met on July 8, 2009. It was the day the Phillies began a 10-game winning streak. 2 days later, on July 10, we had our first date, the night Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants threw a no-hitter against the Padres. So I knew it was only a matter of time until an unbelievably special baseball moment happened with us together, and tonight we laid in my bed together and watched every single out, high-fiving every one of them, 1st to 27th. And at the end of the game I told her the only thing that could make this more perfect would be if I had a ring to give you. Never gonna forget this moment in Phillies history or in our relationship.

  • Posts: 0 Dominic

    I live in DC, where I go to college and am interning this summer. I’m only home this weekend because my grandmother–an 80 year old cancer survivor and Phils lover–passed away last week and was buried today. I can’t afford MLB.tv, so I only get to see my Fightins when I’m home or when they’re playing the Nationals. But, lo and behold, my dad and I happened to flip over to the bottom of the eighth inning during the first intermission of the Flyers game because, after all, we’re way bigger baseball fans anyway. We didn’t change the channel until after Ricky Bo closed the postgame show on CSN. It was a feat like no other, and I got to share it with my dad on one of the saddest days of my life. Thanks, Roy. It means more than you could know.

  • Posts: 0 Stu

    I watched the end of the game with my three boys ages 12, 9 & 7. With each pitch, strike & out the excitement grew. By the time Paulina grounded out to 3rd we were screaming, hugging & jumping around like. It will be a moment we’ll always remember; when Halladay was perfect.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    A friend of mine was yelling at me for not letting him know what was happening in the Phillies game and, therefore, he almost missed it. I explained to him that I would not risk jynxing it even by thinking the word “perfect”. In the end, everything was indeed perfect.

    Its funny how things work. Throughout most of the last week if I could have reached through the screen and grabbed the Phillies’ collective neck I would have after those sad performances against the Red Soxs and Mets. Then comes Mr. Perfect and blows us all away with a performance for the ages. That you for showing us the definition of greatness Mr. Halladay.

    I really, really hope the Phillies release a DVD on this game like they did with Millwood’s no-hitter. I would buy it in an instant.

  • Posts: 0 Amanda

    A week ago, my mother (also an avid Phillies fan) had to get multiple phone calls in desperation from me as I feared Dice K was going to no hit the Phillies (she also got a triumphant call when Castro got the one hit). All week she and I both watched in frustration as they played so miserably. Tonight, I am visiting family in South Carolina. I was on the porch watching the game on my laptop. When it got to the 8th inning I made my Uncle (he is not a big Phillies fan but loves baseball) turn on MLB network on his TV b/c I knew they would cut in and show it live. I watched Phillies history being made with my uncle and also on the phone with my mom. Unbelievable. A week ago, we were starting one of the worst weeks in Phillies history, and Doc ends it with perfection!!!

  • Posts: 0 Pat Mahoney

    FYI, Corey, like your Dad, I was 9 when Bunning pitched his perfect game. For the record, Bunning’s perf was the first game of a double header and it was NOT televised. Like your pop (unless he was living in NY), I listened to it on radio. The second game of the DH was televised that day. I am quite sure you want to accurately tell stories about yer dad, so I share the facts w/ya, bud!!

    I rode home on a bike (transistor radio in hand) TO TELL MY DAD ABOUT THE PERF ( sorry bout the caps), we all watched the sorry second game on tv just to hear about the first game of that historic DH. As I said the game was televised in NY not Philly

  • Posts: 312 Corey Seidman

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    The Bunning game was, in fact, on television. I’m not calling you mistaken, but my dad is not the only Philadelphian to have witnessed it on TV.

  • Posts: 0 NYC Philly

    know what’s supremely interesting about this? what if the phillies hadn’t scored on the error? obviously halladay bitches in the 10th. but what about past that? he threw 117 pitches. so you’re averaging approx 13 pitches per inning. so it’s the 10th, phills dont score, but doc continues his stretch into the 11th…now we’re at 130. same story for the top of the 11th…and the bottom…then what?? how long can a guy go if he’s on the verge of immortality, and how long SHOULD he go. up to the 1960s, starters in this situation finished games. period. 200 pitches? yeah i’m good let’s get this done. in the 30s 2 pitchers had no hitters in the 13TH INNING. 13th, folks. you’ll never see that again. back then it was a job, you played until the game was over. 18th inning? hey guy, you’re paid to finish this. but today it’s a different arena. guys make not tens of thousands paid dollars, but tens of MILLIONS of dollars. what happens when you’re on the verge of the most difficult feat a single player can accomplish in a single game, and you’re into 150+ throws on your arm? an interesting debate. please pardon if you see this post elsewhere, i would love a few responses.

  • Posts: 0 NYC Philly

    obviously i meant ‘if halladay PITCHES’, not ‘bitches’. the only ones bitching are the guys on the other side of his arsenal

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  • Posts: 0 Kevin

    I’m a die hard Phillies fan, and never miss a game when I have to. Tonight, thank God for ESPN. Leave it to me to choose to go to a party, where the only tv around has DirectTV (this is why I have Comcast at home) and didn’t watch any of the game. Text alerts told me about the only Phillies run, the end of the third, and the end of the sixth. I would have been completely oblivious to the history happening as I watched the Flyers game, if I hadn’t suggested watching the Phils during intermission. That’s when everyone there discoved DirectTV wouldn’t carry the broadcast, so we switched to ESPN, only to find, oh BTW Doc’s got a perfect game after 8, the 9th inning will be on ESPN. So, we watched, cheering every pitch Doc threw in the 9th, waiting for perfection. As Juan Castro got the final out, it was like we won the World Series again. It was the most excited I had been about a Phillies win in a long time. The real point of that story is not to remember where I was when I saw it, but to think of the whole situation. I had missed Halladay’s first 24 outs. Knowing me when it comes to situations like this, I might have passed out if I was watching the whole thing live. I will say that the whole time I was missing it, I had a feeling everything was going to be ok. I never would have expected perfection. But, even after all the losses, Doc’s two straight, everything, I still walked around with that “today’s a Halladay” mindset. When the Phils scored, I actually thought to myself, that’s all he needs. It was a pretty amazing 15 minutes to say the least, and I’m glad a lot of great people were around me, most importantly my dad. As we watched, even he was excited. The World Series in 2008 was different for him, he grew up in the time of Champions here, and had seen it himself. Even he was too young in 1964 to remember the last time this happened here. So, it was kind of a first for both of us. I’m just so excited to know this happened. Maybe I’m more excited to go to the Phillies game next Friday, which should be Doc’s next start. Tip of the cap to the Doc tonight. I always knew he could do this, and just wondered when I would see it. Thanks for making this night absolutely perfect.

  • Posts: 0 Adam

    These posts are wonderful. Obviously this was simply historic and we can talk for days about how wonderful Roy Hallday is but that is not the point of the post.

    The point of the post goes directly to what Stu said about watching it with his kids. I turned the game on in the 8th (I was out to dinner with my girl friend then watching the Flyers) and immediately, almost instinctually called my dad to tell him about what was going on. Baseball (and all sports for that matter) is something that should be shared with people you love. You will never forget where you were when Castro gobbled up that ground ball to seal the perfecto.

    I have said it to numerous friends before but a night like this just reaffirms the assertion: There is no entertainment better than sports. It unfolds like a movie but in real time. What a performance by Halladay. He is truly a special pitcher and it would not surprise me to see him throw another during his time in Philly.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    I’ve had a friend who’s a Mets fan just drop me a line praising Doc.

    In a day where so many current sporting legends either have that dark past like Kobe or seem so over-focused on creating a brand around themselves, it’s such a joy to watch the career of a player who’s legacy is being fashioned by being a special player on the field and a regular guy off it.

    You have to feel so good that Halladay achieved this milestone because he’s worked so hard for it, not because it was just ticking off a box for his ‘legacy’.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I watched the game last night and, while a historic moment, it will NOT forever be emblazoned in my memory as one of the great all time moments. It just did not leave that indelible impression. Why? The game was in Miami and not in front of a home crowd. The game didn’t particularly mean anything. Most importantly, the feat was not achieved by that “most improbable of players”, but instead, the most probable of players. As I watched the game, his quiet efficiency and economy of pitches is just something that he does and he just happened to do it better last night. It didn’t surprise me. The drama didn’t build. He wasn’t holding on for dear life. Personally, the perfect game was never in doubt for me. That may sound silly but thats how good he was. He was just awesome. A metronome (sp) is a work of genius, too. Hence his real genius. The expertise and the consistency…game after game of the same thing. When no one is surprised that you throw a perfect game what does that say about you as a pitcher?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Around 7PM or so I was in my kitchen making some dinner and the thought somehow crossed my mind,…..”What IF, on this night when the Flyers were playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 13 years, that Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter to make it a real special night in Philly sports?” I swear to God I was thinking that!!

    As I was watching the 8th and 9th innings I didn’t DARE reveal those thoughts to my son as we watched with anticipation and pure pride as Phillies fans and baseball fans.

    But, yeah, I guess I’m not real surprised either. I mean, you just kind of knew that at some point in his amazing career, the Doc would accomplish this very rare feat. He IS that kind of pitcher. Truly a masterpiece in EVERY sense of the word.

    He DID get some good calls by the home plate ump. And he DID have some good defense behind him. But ALL no-hitters and perfect games do.

    It’s a shame that the Flyers couldn’t have pulled out a win to make the night even more memorable. But it was awesome just the same.

  • Posts: 0 Greg F.

    Anyone remember Terry Mullholland flirting with a perfecto in, I believe, ’92? (not sure of year). A Charlie Hayes throw from deep at third pulled Kruk off the bag for the only Giants baserunner of the night. Hayes giveth and taketh away, because in the ninth, he stabbed a line drive off the bat of Gary Carter to preserve the no-hitter. Should have been the second perfect game for the Phils.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I was home with my dad, whom I don’t see that often anymore for work reasons. I started watching in the middle of the 5th… and I immediately told him “Roy’s halfway through a perfect game.” Jinx? Didn’t happen. I would celebrate each and every out from then on, hoping for the perfect game. My friend called in the bottom of the 6th, and I told him that “Roy Halladay has been PERFECT for 2/3rds of the game.” Then came the bottom of the 8th… and the bottom of the 9th. The last out. That freaking last out I swear was in slow-motion.

    Needless to say, from this day on, I don’t believe in jinxes.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Great stories guys and gals….keep ‘em coming, because I missed EVERY FREAKIN’ PITCH! Out gardening until dark, quick dip in the pool, ran in to catch the Flyers, and since my hubby was home and watching too, I didn’t check the Phillies game at all. That is so unusal too, I always check, but hubby had the remote and I was too tired to go grab it….didn’t know about Roy’s perfect game until they announced it during the hockey game. I switched to csn IMMEDIATELY and watched postgame, came on here and read the gameday thread, sent an e-mail to csn BEGGING them to replay the game.

    Now I’ve been scanning csn’s website to see if they’re going to show it again, but I don’t see anything….did those greedy sob’s sell the rights to the game to MLBN already? I WANNA SEE ROY’S PERFECTION….PLEASE!

  • Posts: 0 Pat Gallen

    I’m on vacation at the beach in Southern Delaware and as we made our way to the pub on our drive between periods of the Flyers game, we listened to the game on my iPhone. Imagine that…Away from home, in the car on a deserted road in So. Delaware, we listened to Scott Franzke’s final call on a cellular phone.

    Three or four years ago, that not possible, and it’s missed. Pretty crazy. But for that reason we’ll never forget where we were and how it went down.

    Often times in the press box everyone jokes about when Roy Halladay will throw a no-hitter or perfect game because it just seems inevitable everytime he’s on the mound. When Pittsburgh came to town, everyone jokes about how that would definitely be the day. Turns out, it was a few starts later, but here it is. What a beauty.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Dipsy are you kidding? Over 135 years of baseball and only 20 perfect games have ever been thrown and you weren’t excited, impressed and just freaking pumped?
    I did not think the game was ever in question either and I was weary of the too familiar feeling of leaving men on base – sickening.
    But the closer to the 9th inning, I started send text messages to everyone I ever met (Georgie, where was your phone kid?) hinting then nudging them towards this historic moment.
    I never saw anything like that and probably never will again -

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Don’t have any kids, Brooks, and most of my friends are Flyers fans, but not real Phillies fans, and the hubby is an Orioles fan, so baseball just wasn’t the priority last night.

    I just read where csn is going to replay the game, and according to this source, guess when? That’s right, Mon. night at 8pm….precisely the time they drop the puck in Chicago! That is really messed up if it’s true.

    Dips, are you feeling ok? I get excited when ANYONE from ANY TEAM is throwing a no-no, let alone one of our guys. You were just being sarcastic again, right?

  • Posts: 0 roundup87

    did anyone notice hamels and moyer strolling out to the mound like a pair of homosexuals after the last out… classic

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    This is just an unforgettable time to be a Phillies Phan. If you told me 10 years ago, forget that, if you asked me in 2007 with 3 weeks left in the season that the Phillies would win 3 straight NL East titles, a WS Championship, 2 straight NL Championships, in first place again in 2010 AND would see one of our beloved Philadelphia Phillies pitchers enter the record books with a perfect game, I would have said “your nuts, you need help!” Now I think I need to purchase extra life insurance. What a time. simply amazing. Honeslty I did not watch the whole game. I was one of the fans who had a Flyer party, HOWEVER, I was constantly checking the updates of the game with the Blackberry (crack berry for those who have one). Finally during one of the Flyers intermission, I turned it on for a minute to see what was happening. I saw 1-0 Top of the 8th, just thinking, “thank god Doc is on the mound, because we could probably win, NEVER knowing it was a perfect game! It wasnt until I decided to be nice to a friend of mine and turn on ESPN game so he could check the scores of several games, and “BREAKING NEWS” scrolls across the bottom, “Roy Halladay has a perfect game through 7 innings. I FLIPPED! 15 or 20 people in my basement all there to watch the Stanley Cup, I simply said “I know you are hear to watch Hockey, but my Phillies are on the verge of history, deal with it”. LOL. Turned on the game in the bottom of the 8th, with 2 outs, and watched the rest. I will say my heart dropped when the DEEP fly ball was hit to the very edge of the Warning Track. All I said, “CRAP, oh thank god!” Honeslty though I was more scared for the next batter who had a .146 average thinking, oh hell no I hope a batter with such a bad AVG doesnt screw up the perfect game. I must agree with Brooks, how can any Phillies fan NOT be “excited, impressed and just freaking pumped?” I am 100% man enough to say I shed a tear on several occasions (excluding the birth of my children), 2008 WS Champs, Harry Kalas passing away, Roy Halladay pitching a perfect game. Yes I am THAT pathetic! To me, I had a GREAT night. I found some places in Denver and Colorado Springs to be able to find my Philly Soft Pretzels, Cheese Steaks AND Tastykakes, watched the last 4 outs of a perfect game with my 7 month old son in my arms. What a night! Too bad the Flyers didn’t win, but that was also a close and high scoring game at least! Yes I will ALWAYS remember where I was! I had a god feeling about the game before it started. I know for a fact that my daughter and son were born to be Phillies Fans, just as I was. The Phillies won the 1980 WS on my birthday, won game 4 of the 2009 NLCS with a walk off by J-Roll on the day he was born, won the NLCS (game 5) on my birthday in 2009! The Phillies were in a horrible slump the last week (offense still is, different story different time). For some reason, my children hadnt had their Phillies stuff on at all (all dirty laundry). My wife then cleaned the stuff, and put my son in his Red Pinstripes the day after the Mets series just to show we are still fans. They won. Last night my 2 yr old Daughter wearing her pink Phillies Utley shirt running around the house yelling “Go Phillies” and “Vote Chase” (supposed to be Vote for Chase, but hey shes 2. LOL). Yes I am also that superstitious that I think my children are good luck. LOL. I know longwinded, but hey, it is HISTORY!

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    And for the first time since 2008 WS, I can’t get enough of ESPN. Every 5 minutes is “Perfection” or “The Doc was in the house”. Constant Phillies! with a nice mix of watching the Brewers hit Home Runs (not a brewers fan AT ALL)…Loving it!

  • Posts: 0 John Snowden

    So I was on the road in Dallas on business (as a young 20 something that sounds totally creepy but alas …) so I got in last last night and went to sleep with the idea of turning on the game in the morning before I had to head to a shoot.

    I didn’t even know until I got to the 6th inning that there was even a chance of perfection … SOMEHOW I avoided the spoilers and I have never seen ANYONE pitch with such perfection and conviction.

    I just … don’t even know what to think. =) Nothing can wipe this smile off … not today anyway.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    OF COURSE I WAS EXCITED! It was tremendous. I guess the fact that Roy is so workmanlike, robotic, efficient, “a perfect eating machine. A miracle of evolution really.” Thats what I love about him. he’s like the sun coming up in the morning. If HE would have been more excited maybe I would have been. Like Roy, I guess I’m just taking his accomplishments in stride, too. I’ve been waiting 30 years for a pitcher like Roy.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I’m old enough to recall watching the black & white telecast of Jim Bunning’s perfect game on a 19” inch TV. As some others here mentioned, it was on Father’s Day in 1964 coming live from Shea Stadium, NY vs the woeful Mets. They were then an expansion team that started to play in 1962 with the iconic Casey Stengel managing. They stock piled their team with NY beloved players such as Duke Snider and Gil Hodges who were in their twilight years. As a matter of fact, Richie Ashburn played for them in the team’s debut year of 1962. It was his first and last year with the Mets. He retired after their 120 loss season (smile).

    And now I watched “Doc” Halladay’s masterful perfect gem last night. I’m so blessed to have seen the two perfect games in the franchise’s history.

  • Posts: 0 BrewTown PhilsPhan

    Being in the great wasteland in which the Phillies are not broadcast, I was upstairs involved in various tasks while my wife was downstairs taking care of the baby. I was following online on Yahoo Gamecast. When the last out of the eighth was recorded I ran downstairs. She was watching “House.” I said, “I hope you’re not too into this episode, because we’re changing the channel. It was neither a question nor a request, but a statement of fact.

    As I had hoped, ESPN dropped its coverage of college lacrosse and carried the bottom of the ninth. I’ll never know why they carried the Marlins feed rather than the Phillies. Nonetheless, we got to see the final three outs. I died inside every time he threw a ball, and I nearly choked when the last batter made contact. What a moment – watching a bench-warmer scoop up that last out, spin with his back to the runner, and at last calmly complete the play to first. It was magnificent. I could finally exhale.

  • Posts: 0 philsgirl

    Despite the fact that my daughter wanted me to stay upstairs yesterday – since two days ago I happened to be upstairs when we were on the verge of breaking our losing streak and she told me to stay put so I did (and I would have hung upside down from the rafters for us to score a run let alone win a game) – I felt compelled to watch on the couch with her yesterday against her warning.
    Now, I’ve been a Phils fan since the Vet was built and have lots of great memories from the Schmidt era on… but yesterday was yet a different kind of memory for me.
    I think I was becoming aware of the situation around about the 4th inning, and it soon became obvious the announcers were conspicuously *not* saying anything about it for some time, until – was it Gary Matthews? – actually uttered the word “no-hitter” around the 7th or 8th, and all heck broke loose as far as mentioning the perfect game (isn’t that a no-no?). The only thing I found outright inappropriate, though, was the airing of clips of previous perfect games before our game was actually over. I’d much rather keep my focus on the *ongoing* game and watch historical comparisons *after* actual history is made.
    No matter, though; Roy was in an amazing zone and to watch him pitch like he did was truly magnificent to behold. He is a real class act, too, giving Carlos so much credit (and I still think Ruiz continues to be much under-rated).
    I know quite a few baseball fans who spend a lot of time cheering the setting and breaking of batting and baserunning records and the making of great fielding plays. Here’s much-deserved congratulations to Halladay not only for joining a truly elite group in baseball but for showing many fans how exciting it can be to watch an incredible pitching feat unfold. I’m thankful my daughter and I got to see it together.

  • I hope you’re not bored of Blues Jays fans coming here and lecturing you about Roy (I’m sure there have been plenty) but you need to treasure this guy. He stayed with our dysfunctional ball club till the very last second; till it became clear that we wouldn’t be able even to get to the playoffs, let alone allow him to pitch in a World Series. He waived his no-trade, got us three good prospects, and now, believe me, every Jays fan is following his Philly career with relish, and we cheered him on Saturday just as much as u did. He is still the most popular sportsman in Toronto, and may remain so for a while. He is a gem.

  • Posts: 0 John Quinn

    I also saw Jim Bunning’s perfect game on a B & W TV on that hot June day in 1964. I wonder how many of us currently around can claim to have seen both of the Phillies perfect games. BTW, the second game of that double header in Shea was won by Rick Wise who was making his major league debut. Rick also is the author of a Phillies no hitter in which he also hit two homers in 1971.

    Which perfect game was more artistic? The 90 pitch effort by the hot headed Bunning or the 115 pitch effort by the ice man Doc?

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    I was actually I at work when I received the news. It was a pretty bad day for me and when I had checked the time to see if I should start closing up I got a text from a good friend. I only had to read “ROY HALLADAY PE–” to know what had happened. I flipped out and made sure I was able to walk out as soon as my work night was over. Needless to say, I celebrated with a six-pack and got home just in time for the first pitch of the replay at 1:30 in the morning.

    However there’s an interesting story regarding the perfection. A day after Braden’s perfect game I talked to a good friend and Yankees fan how that I felt like the 20th perfect game would be thrown this year. I even added with the statement “Don’t be surprised if Roy Halladay pitches it.”

    Because of this I’m really considering to get the number 34 tattooed on me. I can only be happy to wear the number of such a phenomenal pitcher. It only helps that my favorite pitcher last year wore the same number. And of course, Nolan Ryan. Right now there’s no other person in baseball who deserves to earn this feat as much as Roy Halladay.

  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    I was at McGillin’s watching the Flyers. Good thing he was finishing the game right over an intermission! What a great effort. We should be thankful to have him pitch him for us.

  • Posts: 0 Pat Mahoney

    The Bunning no-no was not televised on Philly TV, the second game of the DH was. We all saw the highlites on TV but we did not see the game on Philly TV. Sorry to spoil the myths. NY TV did have it on TV, so if you lived in Scranton, the old antenna may have got it. Not Philly TV

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