Roy Halladay’s former teammates remember his amazing work ethic

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Halladay’s Cooperstown celebration a bittersweet blend of joy and grief

It could hardly be a Roy Halladay moment for Blue Jays fans if it wasn’t bittersweet.

This weekend should be a moment of celebration for the franchise and its fans. It should be an opportunity to look back at the teams in the early years of this century and acknowledge what a privilege it was to cheer on one of the transcendent aces of the era.

To some extent, these Hall of Fame inductions can act as a validation, where fans are able to have the rest of the baseball world join them to acknowledge the excellence of the player who we always knew was that good all along.

In recent years, Canadian baseball fans have had the opportunity to invest themselves in the recognition of several players from the now-defunct Montreal Expos. While the team is gone, their legacy has lived on through the inductions of Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Pedro Martinez, Tim Raines and Vladimir Guerrero Sr., as well as the continued campaign to recognize Larry Walker, who will come very close to induction in his final year on the ballot.

That there almost always seems to be an Expos angle to the news around Cooperstown, while worthy Jays like Dave Stieb or Carlos Delgado received barely a courtesy nod has felt like an insult.

Because the Hall of Fame, while it is just a building in upstate New York, is also the ultimate validation of a baseball career. It’s a celebration of the player, but also of our fandom, and of the joy that the game brings us. But with Roy Halladay, it’s never that easy.

It should be noted that in the years after his retirement, it was no sure thing that Halladay would receive the call to the Hall. The ballot was backed up, and though Halladay’s peak was as high …read more



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