Excusing a terribly inaccurate headline, Jeff Passan posted one of the best articles I've read in a long while today. The long and short of it is that Roy Halladay is legend, and the reality is actually greater than the legend, and the real reality is even greater than the heretofore accepted as reality. Got that? Good. After this glorious photo let's look at quotes from mortals.
"He's the consummate pitcher," said Justin Verlander, the game's pre-eminent pitcher today. "He exemplifies what you're supposed to do. He throws 230 innings a year. He throws complete games. He pitches. He strikes guys out. He wins. What more do you want?""What more do you want?", asks the guy boinking Kate Upton!!!
"That's how we labeled him: This guy is The Immortal, we're all just humans, and we're lucky enough to play baseball with him," said Cole Hamels.That seems fair, if not a tad understated.
"You're in the minor leagues with the Blue Jays, and you hear stories like, 'If you're not gonna make it in time for morning lift, Roy Halladay is at the gym at 5 in the morning,' " said Kratz, who was drafted by Toronto in 2002 and spent seven years in the organization. "From the big leagues down to the minor leagues with the Blue Jays, if you hadn't met him, you'd think the guy benches 1,000 pounds. His worth ethic is legendary, and it's 100 percent legit."Those are all REAL quotes, I didn't embellish any of them. So go read his article already.
Hmmmm ... what else?
Oh yeah the guy who wrote that loves ZWR and Awesome Emma high five it!