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Halladay Becomes Larger Than Life with Postseason No-No

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 06, 2010 10:50 PM | Comments: 40
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— Citizens Bank Park

In this town, it takes extraordinary feats to reach legendary status. Jim Bunning with his perfect game on Father’s Day in 1964. The Broad Street Bullies as a unit swept through the town in the mid-70’s, en route to two Stanley Cup championships. Dr. J soared to new heights in Philadelphia, and became a cult hero. The 1993 Phillies are still as beloved as ever.

Roy Halladay is now one with this city, just as the pioneers mentioned above. On October 6, 2010, Halladay tossed a no-hit, no run game at Citizens Bank Park, becoming just the second pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to accomplish that feat.

Halladay put forth the game of his life – in his first ever playoff start – somehow managing to one-up his perfect game against the Florida Marlins on May 29. He threw 104 pitches, 79 for strikes, blowing through eight Reds hitters. Halladay narrowly missed another perfect game, with Jay Bruce being the only batter to reach base on a two-out walk in the fifth inning. Other than that, an overmatched Cincinnati team couldn’t sniff a hit in the 4-0 Phillies victory.

The hardest hit ball of the night was put on the barrel by relief pitcher Travis Wood. He flew out to right fielder Jayson Werth. Pitch after pitch was pounded into the turf as Doc induced 12 groundouts to just six flyouts.

Halladay carved through the Cincinnati order by doing a simple thing very well – by throwing strikes. Sounds elementary, but Doc threw first-pitch strikes to the first eight batters of the night, before starting off Wood with a ball. All told, Halladay started a ridiculous 25 of 28 batters with a strike; an 89% clip.

But as coy as ever, Halladay tried to deflect some of the attention away from him by praising his partner in crime. “I know I always go back to it, but (Carlos) Ruiz has done a great job of recognizing early on what’s working, what’s effective, and calling that. But really, I thought we were aggressive, made good pitches, and Carlos, again, what can I say?”

We. The man puts together one for the record books, with the use of his right arm, and all he can think about is the guy behind the plate putting down the fingers. It not only makes him a fantastic pitcher, but also gives a lesson in how to be the perfect teammate.

Cross another one off of the checklist as to why he’s now a monumental figure and why he may now be the most admired talent to ever grace a uniform in this town.

Bunning was a fine pitcher, however he lacked (and still may lack) as a teammate. The Cup-winning Flyers were cherished; they were rock stars. Still, even they were a little too rough at times. Dr. J could fly through the air, but his personal life became a punch-line. The ’93 Phillies are still talked about like they just won the NL crown. Steroids, Dykstra, and Daulton give them a bit of a black eye.

Halladay that ain’t. A family man, a tireless worker, a humble human, and a perfect teammate. Halladay exudes all of those qualities, making this moment even more awe-inspiring.

On Tuesday, he talked about letting it all sink it.  The pageantry of the postseason, something he had yet to experience. The thrill of the World Series chase, something he’s never come close to. “You work all off-season, all season to get to this point,” Halladay said in his press conference. “You don’t want to go through it and miss something.”

Focus is a staple of everyday life for the Phillies unquestionable ace. For tonight, however, he was able to capture a bit of what was going on around him. Normally, Halladay is locked in enough to block out the happenings within his surroundings. But even he couldn’t keep from feeling the waves of emotion pouring out from the 46,411.

“When it gets that loud, it’s hard to ignore,” said Halladay when being asked if he kept his usual tunnel-vision intact. “It’s probably, obviously, one of the most electric atmospheres I’ve ever been in. It was pretty neat.”

What else was neat, you ask? How about Doc doing some damage with the stick, too. His game was anything but one-dimensional as he stroked a first-pitch fastball from Edinson Volquez into left field to score Carlos Ruiz. Jimmy Rollins then walked and Shane Victorino would send Roy home, along with fill-in Wilson Valdez to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead, providing the man of the night with plenty of run support.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Reds starter Edinson Volquez was quickly bounced after recording just five outs. He was tagged for four earned runs on four hits and two walks.

When all was said and done, Halladay re-wrote the history books. Sitting, chilling, next to his locker was a bottle of Dom Perignon waiting to be uncorked. It would likely have to wait for one of those post-game weight-lifting sessions. Even after work, there is still more to be done, more ways to be perfect.

And that’s what makes Roy Halladay the most beloved man in Philadelphia. Welcome to legendary status, Doc. You’ve earned it.

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Someone already commented on my facebook status that he could pitch back to back no nos. Love the fans!
    then if he does they will expect 3 in a row.

    Simply the best pitcher the phillies ever had. Respect to lefty there.
    This guy is in the convo for best ever in the Koufax, Walter johnson discussion.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Also its 1 win
    Need 10 more to make it really matter.
    You could see in Docs eyes thats what he wants. This is all fine and good and it should demoralize the Reds and hopefully the other teams too. But its the start. 1-0 phils

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Though Doc Halladay, as the article states, is now of legendary status, I cannot help but believe that the best is yet to come. We’ve got a lot of postseason baseball left to play and I believe Doc will be dominant, again and again. It’s great to see a decent humble man excel….as a Phillie, especially.

     
  • ONE WORD-AMAZING!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Excellent post, Pat! Loved it. This guy, this team, is so special.

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    “You knew probably in the third or fourth inning,” admitted Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker. “When you saw his command. … I’ve been on both sides of no-hitters. The deeper the game goes, you can tell they were feeling it.”

    You know I’m Phucking Pheeling it. LETS GO PHILLIES!!

     
  • Posts: 0 a humble Mets Fan

    Wow!
    Just wow. I am a Mets fan, but when we are out, I pull for the NL East.

    I know there is a lot of “back and forth” between Phillies/Mets fans, but I just wanted to take the time to come over and congratulate you guys.

    Your team is everything we hope/wish our team could be.

    Best of luck, and here is hoping that we can give you a run for your money next year!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Very Nice piece Pat!
    I’d just like to point out one thing, though he did the simple thing by throwing strikes, he didn’t just serve up meat.

    I didn’t see one 4 seam fastball in any of those first strike pitches. All cutters and sinkers, and one change up and one curve. Simply Amazing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Nice job Pat.

    One of the more amazing things I find as well is that in the 8th and 9th innings, the fast balls are zipping at the same velocity as they were in the 1rst and 2nd innings when Doc is pitching.

    Now, what can the Phillies do as a follow up to that performance??

    Hats off to Shane by the way, he is looking sharp as we need him to be.

     
  • Posts: 0 charlie

    I guess this pretty well sews up the Cy Young award.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Agreed, a very nice write-up. Can’t say much more about Doc – he threw strikes all night, but it moved like a wiffle ball when it got close to the plate. Chooch amazing behind the plate, and Valdez coming through was a nice touch.

    I’m often critical of Shane (especially when he bats from the left), but a very nice game from him, clutch hits, used his legs. With Polly scheduled to play Fri, I wonder what the BA will be (I think Ibanez could beat Rollins in a footrace right now). Thinking Shane at lead off, Rollins 6 or 7.

    Also nice job by Utley just putting the ball in the air to drive home Vic in the 1st, hit the ball hard later in the game. Howard also crushed one, but put it into the wind. I think we’ll see more runs on Fri (supposed to be a bit warmer, less windy, Arroyo very hittable). Oswalt can’t top Doc’s performance, but shouldn’t have to.

     
  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    WOW!

    What an incredible performance. I want more Phillies baseball!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    As always….great post, Pat. That’s why PhilliesNation is the class of all the Phillies blogs.

    ——–

    Was at the game last night. It was sort of a last minute decision to either go to Game 1 or Game 2. It kind of depended on my 13 year old son’s schedule (can’t go to a game without him!!). When I saw the 5:07 start time for Game 1….and also realized that our Friday night is booked with other stuff (don’t worry…the radio WILL be on!!)….the decision became pretty easy.

    Man am I glad I chose that game!!

    I have seen a lot of baseball in my time…..really good games….walk-offs, dominating pitching performances, extra-inning heroics……. but I have NEVER witnessed anything like what we saw last night. UNBELIEVABLE!!

    The fans were into it from the very beginning…..super electric atmosphere. Our section….426…was awesome. Great fans up there, excellent view, even shielded a bit from the rain as we sat just under that sun deck. We stood more than we sat.

    Some dude with a pretty cool throwback Schmidt jersey jinxed the perfecto rightbefore the walk was issued. Needless to say he was needled pretty hard. After that, NO ONE up ther uttered the words “no” and “hitter” in the same sentence.

    I am STILL trembling with excitement as I type this.

    Bring on more Phillies October baseball. It certainly IS “MORE FUNNER”

     
  • Posts: 0 BrewTown PhilsPhan

    Interesting (but I’m sure wholly coincidental) piece of trivia on this game: the official team website has the video up for all 27 outs. Conspicuously missing from that video? Raul Ibanez. There were a few popups to center, one to right, and of course Werth’s nice grab of Wood’s sinking flyball to right. But the Reds did not put the ball in play to left field all night. The closest was the foul-out to third in the final innning.

    It reminded me of playing soccer as a kid on a team with an incredible goalie. The coach put all of us who had no athletic skill at all into defensive positions, because with that guy behind us it really didn’t matter. We used to joke that we could take naps during the game, go over and get water in the middle of play – whatever – because it just didn’t make any difference. Raul could have approached playing in left field that way last night – wouldn’t have made any difference.

    I’ve not been enjoying this year nearly as much as the last two. It felt too odd being the favorites – almost as though the fear of failure got greater than the enjoyment of accomplishment. I don’t mean that I think the team is that way – just me as a fan. Roy changed all that last night. I enjoyed watching that game run down to the end as much as almost anything in the last few years. I would put it on a level with Brett’s at bat against C.C. or Stairs’ home run in L.A. It was a totally unforgettable night, and I’m juiced for the rest of the post-season now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    There is nothing to say when we witness greatness.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Nice write up, but no mention of the 2008 Phillies team?

     
  • Posts: 0 branderson

    Being a Phillies fan since I was a six year old in 96, I have come to love many players (Schilling, Rolen, Abreu, Utley) but none as quickly as Halladay. I always thought he was the sickest AL pitcher and appreciated his workman-like attitude.

    But this. I don’t know but I Doc is such a class act. I revel in his attitude and humble manner. I strive to be a man like Doc.

    This and his perfect game both left me speechless.

    Oh the irony of being in a Boston bar for this game. But still, it was a night I will never possibly forget. (Right after October 29, 2008 of course)

    Let’s do this!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Roy Halladay became a great MLB pitcher in Toronto – He became a legend in Philadelphia.

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Well said, Mostone.

    Now let’s go win that big trophy. I want to fly home for another parade!

     
  • STILL AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt Kwasiborski

    He will never have to buy a drink in this town again!

    My freind texted me and said he was worried in the morning. Then he texts me and says, Polanco is out so his anxiety level went up. I texted back, Halladay will have to be perfect then, joking around. Didn’t realize I was going to be off by one walk.

    How about the Reds complaining about the umpiring? What gall! It is like they gave no credit to Halladay. And let’s be honest, Halladay and other pitchers were squeezed on alot of close pitches all year. You never heard any of us saying anything remotely placing blame on the umpires. That my freinds separates the winners from the losers.

     
  • Posts: 0 SandPhlea

    I wuz there, in Sec 421. It was truly a Wall of Sound. Today I keep replaying in my head the last out, that dribbler stuck against the bat, Carlos trying to get it. THAT was the play of the game. Doc is right to keep saying “we” and crediting Carlos. They get together before every game and figure how to pitch everybody. If you want to see something cool, the Inky has a full chart of every pitch thrown. Every pitch got thrown as a first pitch, even the change-up. There was no discernable pattern, except that he threw Wood (the pitcher) three fastballs.
    Oh by the way, poor Polanco missed both no-hitters this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    LOLOL!!!! You guys HAVE to read this post on http://www.redlegnation.com …it’s the 3rd one down called “Selig Cancels Reds-Phils Series” …classic. Total classic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    I loved to see Oswalt’s interview in CSNPhilly when he said that Doc is happy about individual achievements but what he really wants bad is the ring. THAT’S the attitude for this team and that’s what makes Doc the best in the game right now. It is all about the team. If Oswalt and Hamels win the next two games, even if they are not no-hitters, you know Halladay will be every bit as happy for them as they were for him yesterday. All because each win gets us one closer to the magical 11.

    I was extremely happy the Phillies got Halladay to the point I didn’t even think about Cliff Lee. However, not even I ever imagined anything like this. What a performance this entire year.

     
  • Posts: 0 BrewTown PhilsPhan

    Ryan, great link!

    Especially the following: ‘“I have played in 84 consecutive post-seasons” said Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera…”‘

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    In the Reds players’ defense, the only one out of them who was actually complaining was Orlando Cabrera. And like Mitch Williams said, it wasn’t the home plate ump flailing at an outside pitch.

    If anyone had a right to complain, it was Scott Rolen, who was clearly walked his second AB. He had the beef with the ump after the AB, but was very complimentary to Roy Halladay after the game. Even if he left Philadelphia badly, he’s still got more class than Cabrera.

    I figure the one BB was the universe righting itself after Rolen got robbed, probably the only complete miss of the game. Hats off to Hershbeck (sp) for keeping it nearly completely free of controversy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Maybe Rolen’s got more class…but I’ll still boo his ass. Certain players will always get their’s in this town….

    Rolen
    JD Drew
    Manny
    T.O.
    Now Cabrera’s on the list

     
  • Amazing. “The only player in Philadelphia with more no-hit games than Roy Halladay is Asante Samuel.”

     
  • Carlos Ruiz is the only catcher in MLB history to cath a perfect game and a no-no in the playoffs the same season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    The Eagles?? Who are they?

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    What is an Asante Samuel?

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Jay – Ruiz has to get a lot of credit for handling this staff. It’s no coincidence that he’s the man behind the plate. He’s the best catcher in the NL. I hope he makes the All Star game next year. I’m sick of seeing the assorted “molinas” make the game on name alone. None of them could do what Chooch does.

     
  • I AGREE BIZ……..KATE-HE PLAYS FOR THE EAGLES,GETS A BAD REP FOR NOT TACKLING……….

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Question: What do Andy Reid and Charlie Manuel have in common?

    Answer: Nothing

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Chuck,

    Not even the inability to speak in public?

     
  • Hardly, Biz. Charlie speaks in public real good. He just has a style that’s not common in the northeast urban corridor. It still accomplishes exactly what he’s after.

    Last night’s “Great managing!” was the epitome of terse, self-deprecating humor. Perfect.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Charlie can speak JUST fine. He’s more intelligent than people give him credit for.

    Andy Reid is basically a babbling excuse-making boob.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Hahaha, I know exactly who Asante is.

    On the other hand, I’m ashamed to admit that I had no idea the Flyers were starting last night. How long did hockey preseason last, about two hours? Hehehe.

     
  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    @branderson did you go to an tua nua?

     
  • Posts: 0 branderson

    haha nah do they have phans there?? I go there on thrusdays for college night

    i was just at connor larkins by northeastern

     
 
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