Roy Halladay is a magnanimous, selfless leader of men. Despite a level of achievement that could easily lend itself to the most heightened extremes of arrogance, HLHIII is as good of a person as he was a pitcher. In my unbiased opinion, he is this nation's finest athlete. As such, the note filed by my colleague in professional journalism Matt Gelb should not come as a surprise:
Jesse Biddle, who was placed on inactive list for mental break, is in Clearwater. Roy Halladay will meet with prospect.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) July 1, 2014
That's right. Roy Halladay, who isn't an employee or coach of the Phillies and owes the team absolutely nothing, is volunteering to meet with Jesse Biddle and help the youngster with some of his recent mental struggles. That he's doing this is pretty amazing, that its to tutor the emotional side of things and not simply check an arm angle or release point makes it-- pardon my being naive-- seem even kinder.
Further face-breaking from our hero. I can't wait until Jesse Biddle strikes out the first 34 batters he faces upon his return and wins the Cy Young next year.