For all of the severity of real life to have taken place in 2015, our pop culture society may yet remember it as the year Star Wars returned. In the epic series, it is something known as the Force that surrounds and binds all around us. Jedi masters taught young warriors the ways of the Force, and they then used it- for good or evil- to fight for the universe.
Perhaps no Philadelphia athlete represented the simultaneous understanding, harnessing, and use of The Force better in 2015 than Roy Halladay. And now that the Phillies, under the empire of new boss Matt Klentak, have acquired Roy’s windup doppelganger (homage to greatness, in my opinion) Charlie Morton this offseason, one might even consider this winter an Attack of the Clones. While the jury remains out on how well Klentak’s Light-SABR wielding will Awaken the next young crop of Phillies’ Jedi Knights...
Wait, I’m sorry. I have no idea what I’m even talking about anymore- I’m just desperately straining for Star Wars analogies. Forgive me.
It is with great pleasure that I announce to you that Harry Leroy Halladay III is ZWR’s Man of the Year for the calendar year 2015. Roy is the 2015 Zoo With Roy Man of the Year not only because he was a great baseball player, a great person, a great pilot, a great BFF, and an overall friend to man and beast, but because he’s basically Obi-won Kenobi. zOMG I’m so sorry.
* Editor's note: This marks Mr. Halladay's sixth consecutive ZWR MOTY Award.