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Halladay Ready for the Next Step

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 06, 2010 10:37 AM | Comments: 22
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While staring out the window, watching the leaves rustling through the autumnal breeze, I realized that time has gone away with the wind. I thought about the change of the weather, and how summer went with the snap of two fingers. It led me to Roy Halladay – my brain often leads to baseball, it’s a problem; or not.

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and the statement couldn’t be truer. How fun has it been to watch Halladay be a part of the Philadelphia Phillies? He badly wanted to be here, and we waited for him with open arms. The love affair was for this moment approaching.

Excited right about now? Roy Halladay is, too. Although his stone façade may not show it, he’s prepared too hard and too long for it to pass without reeling it all in.

“Obviously, there is a lot of work to be done,” said Halladay in his press conference yesterday. “I think once the game starts, it’s all business as usual. But you work all off-season, all season to get to this point. You don’t want to go through it and miss something.”

Perfect games. Countless complete games. Several shutouts. That quote right there tells me we’ll witness something special yet again, because Roy Halladay is focused on enjoying every last second of his playoff experience. And luckily for us, we get to share it with him.

At the time of his trade from the Blue Jays last December, Halladay was longing for more. “As much as I enjoyed Toronto, I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity that I felt like down the road I’d be upset that I missed out on,” the ace said as he thought about moving to a contender.

“I think the biggest factor was there was this team, the one team that I really wanted to go to that was able to make things work. But the biggest factor for me was, where can I go that I have a chance to win right away, and not only right away, but hopefully have a couple chances at it. You know, it was a simple decision for me”

Sounds like a guy who realizes he’s been given an opportunity – through countless hours or work and dedication, and by way of a team that has a never-say-die attitude – to just win. We the fans have been given an opportunity as well; to watch a player who wants nothing more than to succeed on the biggest stage possible, for the people who help pay his salary by filling the seats.

So as the remnants of summer blow into fall, and you reminisce about a season gone by, let it soak in how lucky we are as baseball loyalists to watch a guy like Roy Halladay. I’m fairly certain he feels honored to be in this situation.

And Halladay intends to enjoy this postseason, which begins at 5:07 pm. I’m looking forward to enjoying it, too.

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  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    I am so fired up can’t wait for 5:07!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Is it 5:07 yet?

    I took a no-lunch day so I’ll be out of work at three-thirty and home by about four-fifteen for the pregame shenanigans.

     
  • Posts: 0 Cory in Coatesville

    Post season baseball is like Christmas to me….and today is Christmas day. I get 4 postseason series to watch and unwrap. I never know what they are going to be, maybe I can tell by their shape or weight what might be inside but I can never really know. Even when I think I have it figured out everything can change in a matter of seconds. In the midst of all this fun and wrapping paper there is always one gift that I put first on my list. One gift that I have been waiting for all year…a Phillies World Series Championship. Right now its 8am Christmas morning and the fun is just beginning, we will know by Christmas dinner in early November if the one gift we want is under the tree.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    5:07!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    Out of class at 3;05, in the bar at 3:45. Drunk by the third inning.

    Ahhhh!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tom H

    Went to DC to see “Doc” wrap up the Division… We all need to realize that we are in the presence of absolute GREATNESS!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Giddy… as in, I’m giddy like a preschooler on Christmas morning. Or as in, giddy up.

    Reflecting a little bit… down the stretch last year, we all wanted Halladay. Everyone was ready to sell the farm to get him here and once it all shook out and we didn’t have him, it kind of felt like it was all a pipe dream. I mean, after all, players like Roy Halladay… once in a decade Hall of Fame players… don’t come to Philadelphia, right? Roy Oswalt- how many times has this guy’s name shown up on this website (and on our wish lists)? Once again, hopes and dreams don’t make trades happen… 2008 was awesome; it was fulfilling and it was a weight lifted off of our shoulders but 2009 reminded us that even with all of our success, our pinstripes were still a little less prominent than the team up north. I would imagine that everyone would have been ecstatic heading into this season with last year’s squad but Rube, to his credit, realized that the only way we were going to be taken seriously is to go for the gusto and move forward… the additions of Polanco and Halladay eliminated any doubts that this franchise is serious about winning it all. Oswalt, an addition partially done out of necessity, has solidified that stance even more. We’re not talking championships, we’re talking dynasty. Halladay, Utley, Howard, Rollins, Hamels, Oswalt… all of those guys are on the hall of fame track. It really is amazing and a breath of fresh air for this city.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff A

    I haven’t posted on here much. I am am an avid reader however. I will be setting up shop in Section 144 Row 1 as I have done for every home playoff game since this all started in 2007. I haven’t been this excited since entering the stadium for the 2008 World Series, Game 5, Part 2 when you just knew it was going to be a special night. I expect those same chills for Halladay’s first Postseason start today. This is the start of another Special October/November Run! Let’s Go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff A

    I will be setting up shop in Section 144 Row 1 today as I have for every home playoff game since this great fun began in 2007. I haven’t been this excited for a game since walking into CBP for the 2008 World Series Game 5, Part 2. I expect those same chills and the same atmosphere today for Roy Halladay’s first Postseason Start. This is the beginning of another magical October/November Run! Let’s go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Shit…Polanco is not playing today. Valdez is in at 3rd, batting 8th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Today’s lineup. I dislike the not seeing Polly.

    Rollins SS
    Victorino CF
    Utley 2B
    Howard 1B
    Werth RF
    Ibanez LF
    Ruiz C
    Valdez 3B
    Halladay P

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Wow, that is not good at all. I just hope Valdez doesn’t cost us any runs, he is a DP hitting machine.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Polly has a sore back? Wtf? Umm…let’s just give a big ole’ FU to Tim Hudson, just cause.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    BACK SPASMS??? When did that happen?

     
  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Hopefully I’ll be back in philly by 5:07. I couldn’t be more excited.

    Halladay is such a classy man. I hope this experience is everything he hoped for and more.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Hey, at least this site is keeping up with the news… nothing about the postseason roster and nothing about Polly being out of the lineup.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Need to get the game day thread up. I am going to a friends to watch the playoffs so I wont be on the game day threads during the games but I will be commenting before and after.

    This is my favorite time of the year.
    Needless to say games 1,3,5,7 in a series always carry more weight.
    I know you will say thats stupid but it isnt. Game 1 is the start need a win. Game 3 if its 1-1 its huge if its 2-0 its do or die. Game 5 same thing 2-2 or 3-1 is huge and of course a game 7 in the ultimate.

    Polly is out?
    I need to look around
    And I hope this site is cutting edge the next 3.5 weeks.

    cliff Lee just got out of a bases loaded 1 out jam in the first at TB

    someone cry about that trade just for the good luck of it all

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    After reading the line-up from Greg, I just got a small taste of vomit in the back of my mouth. Not devastating, but certainly removes a very patient hitter against a pitcher with potential control problems.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    oK well I guess this is “good” news.
    Polly is out with a sore back it isnt about the elbow.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101006&content_id=15443182&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Valdez will get a chance. I have alot of faith in him.

    aAnd tells us why Dobbs is there even more. he is now the back up 3b today.

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    No Polanco? Uh oh. I don’t like that at all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brandon

    Well then… Excited? Hell ya. He just pitched a no hitter. Crazy.

     
 
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