Today, I heard the news. It was a weird feeling to me, I mean, after seeing his last appearance here in Clearwater last summer when he was rehabbing I knew the “end was near” however, what I didn’t see was a) that he would go gracefully into this goodnight and b) that he would retire as a Blue Jay. After signing a one-day contract with the Blue Jays, Roy said that he was grateful to retire as a Jay since it was their staff that helped him to develop into the pitcher he was.
Today Roy and his family appeared at the press conference held at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista at the Swan and Dolphin resort. He said he was looking forward to spending time with his sons who are “ready to chase their dreams”.
I respect him for leaving on his own terms. So many times you see players just keep playing until there’s nothing left. Roy chose to leave for his “quality of life” as the injury to his back would have been worsened by continuing to play.
Last time I saw Roy in a non-pitching capacity, he was here (again in August) and walking to his classic Corvette Stingray. That’s how I’ll remember him.
Roy Halladay in a rehab appearance in August 2013[/caption]