Touching Tribute to Roy Halladay

We were sitting in the stands in Mesa, Arizona, together with the Coopers this afternoon, applauding the success of Phillies’ third base prospect (Zach Green) who had just homered for his Fall League Team, the Glendale Desert Dogs.

At about the same time, the celebration of Roy Halladay’s life was just beginning at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida and from that point on we were riveted to our phones, watching the proceedings live.  We were considering the idea of flying from Scottsdale to Clearwater, but it just wasn’t feasible so we settled for the next best thing.  You can watch the entire Memorial Service here:

I suspect that the service took place in Clearwater for several reasons, one of which is that the Blue Jay’s Florida Auto Exchange Stadium is antiquated and doesn’t have a video board on which the opening tribute was displayed.  It was a beautifully done video, ranging from his on-field celebration to his retirement.

Halladay 11 BJ & Philly

Halladay 6

Halladay 3

Halladay 4

Halladay 5

Halladay 16 - Tweet of Utley Favorite

Halladay 17 - Dunedin Panthers

Halladay 15 - Family Fishing

Halladay 8 Family

And then the live, on-field tributes, hosted by Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy.

Halladay 19 - McCarthy nice opening

Among the white chair on-field special guests were Jimmy Rollins who played alongside Roy, and Ruben Amaro Jr. who traded for him, but the camera panned by them quickly so you’d only notice them on a pause.

Halladay 2 - J Roll

The Memorial Service speakers included Phillies owner John Middleton, former Blue Jays’ GM J.P. Ricciardi, ex-Phils’ teammate Cole Hamels, Blue Jays’ Head Trainer George Poulis, ex-Phils’ teammate Chase Utley, ex-Jays’ teammate Chris Carpenter, ex-Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel, Roy’s father, and his wife Brandy.

Halladay 21 - Middleton

Halladay 22 - Ricciardi

Halladay 14 - Cole

Halladay 22 - George the Trainer

Halladay 13 Chase

Halladay 18 - Carpenter

Halladay 9 Charlie

Halladay 20 - His Dad

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About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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One Response to Touching Tribute to Roy Halladay

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Disappointing that Carlos Ruiz wasn’t at the memorial. I thought that he & RH were close.

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