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