Sports World Mourns the Sudden Death of Baseball Great Roy Halladay (TWEETS)
The baseball world lost a legend on Tuesday. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay died in a plane crash at the age of 40.
Halladay spent 12 years in Toronto, cutting through the stacked lineups of the American League East like a hot knife through butter. Following the 2009 season, the Blue Jays traded Halladay to the arch rival Philadelphia Phillies. Blue Jays fans were sad, but not that sad, because they knew the trade gave “Doc” a chance to win a World Series.
Naturally, when Halladay finally made his first postseason start, he threw only the second postseason no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball.
Halladay wasn’t just a good pitcher, though. He was also a delightful human being beloved by everybody who ever met him. And that is why his untimely death feels like a punch to the gut.
The outpouring of love and heartbreak on Twitter has been absolutely incredible. Needless to say, the Blue Jays and Phillies both issued official statements:
Statement from the Blue Jays organization on the tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/Ih8D0RQE9p
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 7, 2017
Phillies statement on the sudden & tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/gGhv7JUKv0
— Phillies (@Phillies) November 7, 2017
The Blue Jays and Phillies were not alone, though. Pretty much every team in baseball issued a statement:
It was our honor to share a field with the incredible Roy Halladay. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/rwtSYsgpgm
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 7, 2017
RIP, Doc. The baseball world has lost a legend.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 7, 2017
We’re saddened by the tragic loss of Colorado native & former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay. We send our deepest condolences to Roy’s loved ones. pic.twitter.com/GQg1V07ORj
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) November 7, 2017
We are saddened to learn of the passing of MLB great Roy Halladay. We send our sincerest condolences to his friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/hs84dGoGl0
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) November 7, 2017
Players around MLB expressed their sadness:
Gone too soon my friend!!! Blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly a brother. Praying for Brandy, Ryan and Brayden
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017
In complete shock right now. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Halladay. My heart goes out to you. A great competitor, even better person.
— RyanDempster (@Dempster46) November 7, 2017
One of the best to ever do it. I had a front row seat to watch his greatness. RIP Doc. to Brandy and the kids.
— Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) November 7, 2017
Oh my god man. Day ruined. Wow. Prayers with the entire Halladay family. This is awful! https://t.co/nrS2INJ231
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) November 7, 2017
I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I’m heartbroken, rest easy Doc.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 7, 2017
The first cutter I ever saw was out of the hands of Roy Halladay. One of the best to do it. My condolences to his family.Lord be with them
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was your favorite player’s favorite player. A true ace and a wonderful person. Heartbroken for those who knew him best.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) November 7, 2017
Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Brayden. We will miss you Roy.
— Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) November 7, 2017
Devastating. One of my favorite teammates ever. The blueprint for what a competitor looks like.
RIP Roy Halladay. Heartbroken for his family
— Michael Young (@MikeyY626) November 7, 2017
Shocked and saddened… gone way too soon. One of the best ever. #RIPDoc
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 7, 2017
We were together in this journey as Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers, now you are gone. RIP Roy Halladay pic.twitter.com/x5Vv0r8djx
— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) November 7, 2017
RIP Doc Halladay. It was an honor & a pleasure to share a baseball field with you. Fierce competitor, a true ace on the mound. #heavyheart
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) November 7, 2017
My heart hurts writing this. I can still remember the first day we met. It was 5:45am on the first day of spring training when I arrived. He was finishing his breakfast but his clothes were soaking wet. I asked if it was raining when he got in. He laughed and said “No I just finished my workout” I knew right then- he was the real deal. Thank you Roy for allowing us to witness what it takes to be the best. We will all miss you.
Even the sportswriters who covered Halladay were devastated:
I’ll never forget the `11 playoffs presser in which Roy Halladay paraphrased Shakespeare: “I came here to bury Caesar, not praise him.” RIP.
— Ben Reiter (@BenReiter) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was one of the special people in this world. A beautiful man, driven by the pursuit of excellence. A HOF player & human being
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 7, 2017
Every pitcher tried to imitate him, no hitter wanted to face him, and everybody liked him. RIP Roy Halladay
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) November 7, 2017
At a loss for words. All I can think about right now is Roy Halladay’s family. He was a joy to cover. Leader on field. Charitable off it.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) November 7, 2017
Other sports franchises in Toronto and Philadelphia chimed in as well:
A legend on and off the mound.
Rest in peace, Doc. https://t.co/QFT20kp6Vi
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 7, 2017
We’re saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Phillies legend Roy Halladay. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/LMlxmoZw2u
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 7, 2017
#32 was class personified.
Rest in peace, Doc. https://t.co/RQxjDPsNIQ
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 7, 2017
The 76ers organization is saddened to learn of the passing of Philadelphia Phillies great Roy Halladay. We extend our sincere condolences to his loved ones and our friends within the Phillies organization during this difficult time.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 7, 2017
Forever one of our own, forever in our hearts. Our deepest condolences go out to the Halladay family.
Rest easy, Doc https://t.co/T5IDEsUuxC
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) November 7, 2017
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of Roy Halladay. We extend our thoughts and condolences to his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/IH76mnQ1S5
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 7, 2017
Few people in sports were as beloved as Roy Halladay. His loss will be felt for a long time.
Hat Tip – [SB Nation]