The SI Jinx Gets Roy Halladay For At Least One Day
After being traded in the off-season to the Philadelphia Phillies, there has been high expectations placed on both Roy Halladay, and his new club. In fact, the expectations are so high that the Doc was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2010 Baseball Preview edition.
You know what that means. The jinx is on, or at least for one day it was.
Just one day after the release of the magazine, which also picked the Phillies to win the World Series, Roy pitched against his former club in his final Grapefruit League test, and things didn’t work out too well for the righty. The Jays roughed up their former ace in the first inning, recording four runs on five hits, including three doubles and a two-run homer off the bat of Aaron Hill.
Toronto would go on to win the game by a score of 5-2. So how did they explain Halladay’s rare poor performance? “I think he was trying to build our confidence up, is what he was doing,” was the prognosis according to Lyle Overbay.
Roy had already given his thanks to the city of Toronto, but could this have been just another way for him to show his appreciation? It isn’t often that we see him struggle like this, so whether it was a gift, or another case of the SI jinx, just don’t get used to it. Once the season begins, nothing should be able to slow down Halladay.
Hat Tip – [Big League Stew]