It's easy to notice that part of what makes Roy Halladay so great is his natural ability to inspire within others bursts of the fulgurant, redemptive successes. Just because it's easy to see doesn't make it any less impressive, mind you.
With the cutter's sails full and its bow aimed directly at third place, it was a breathtaking journey for the entire crew last night. Scott Rolen was booed loudly. Wilson Valdez was cheered wildly. And Roy sparked our heroes to a 15 hit, 12 run performance that included a mammoth Ryan Howard homerun and a Domonic Brown go-ahead 2-run double. Of particular note was the impact that catching HLHIII had on catcher Eric Kratz. As if each pitch was a transfer of brilliance, Kratz absorbed enough to go 2-2 with a walk, a home run, and two runs batted in. After the game, he noted "I love Roy Halladay's face so much".
"Yeah but what was the line, ZWR?!"
What's in a line? He won the game. He excelled. He raised spirits! He brought joy! None of these is captured in a line.