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The tributes and remembrances of the life and career of Roy Halladay have been incredible to see. Rarely has there been a player who died so young who was so universally loved and praised. And rarely has there been a Philadelphia athlete who was a member of this city’s community for as short a time as Halladay and yet was so beloved.
Halladay left an impression the city of Philadelphia that some athletes who played here for more than a decade never achieved. He was that rare breed of intensity, success and kindness that is so very unusual. He was someone who worked harder than anyone else at his craft, yet never treated anyone like their presence was an imposition on his time.
The memories we have of Halladay, the no-hitter, the perfect game, the 1-0 loss in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS, will now always be viewed with a hint of sadness. Before his death, watching highlights of his postseason no-no elicited nothing but joy, but that will never be the same again. Now, it will be a memory to savor, but a melancholy one.
It’s fitting that this Roy Halladay retrospective is on Episode 162 of The Felske Files. Halladay completed more games than anyone else since his debut in 1998. He was renowned for finishing what he started and performing for the entire game, the entire season. Halladay wasn’t an everyday player, but if he was, he certainly would have been one of those guys that forced his manager to play him in all 162 games.
Joining this week’s podcast is the head of The Good Phight Liz Roscher, who also writes for Yahoo!’s Big League Stew and The Athletic, and Justin Klugh, deputy editor of The Good Phight and also a contributor for The Athletic. We discuss our favorite memories of Halladay, why he left such a big imprint in Philadelphia in such a short time, and whether or not he will one day be enshrined in Cooperstown.
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