This may be the most eloquent, poignant piece I’ve read about Roy Halladay’s no hitter anywhere. You’re a class act, ZWR,you magnificent donkey.
My take? What’s left to be said? He was exactly who we expected him to be all season long. He put the team on his back during the regular season and he doesn’t want to stop there.
I will add this: the love that Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz share is a truly beautiful thing for the game of baseball. The elation they feel when they accomplish something spectacular is infectious. Is there anything more fun than seeing Chooch’s ear-to-ear grin?
Cannot wait to watch Doc Halladay dismantle the Cincinnati Reds tonight. I know the talking heads have hyped their staff to death, but they simply don’t match up well.
Here’s hoping they can stay away from Joey Votto and Jay Bruce to regulate the Reds.
Doctober starts tonight!
But it was, like, from the future! Because I used my iPhone! Tony Luke’s never tasted so good at Citizens Bank Park. And then I wrote about that experience for the 700 level.
I arrived a bit late to last night’s game, missing the first inning, but I was there for the following 15. What happened in the top of the 4th is something I’ll probably remember — and maybe regret — for the rest of my life. I talked to Enrico over at The 700 Level about it early this morning. He posted our chat in full here.
It was a pretty amazing, if confusing experience. I knew the ball was headed directly at me from the moment it left the bat. It just loomed large as it approached. It seemed to be moving slowly right before it completely exploded into the seats next to me. Even though it ended up being a beautiful night, I’m happy Helen and Charlie weren’t with me because I don’t know what we would’ve done as the ball approached. Duck and cover!
Instead it landed harmlessly in a cupholder. I grabbed the ball and tossed it back onto the field. It nearly rolled to the infield. Should I have turned and handed it to the young girl keeping score behind me? In retrospect, yes, I probably should’ve. But I’m not sure anything will feel quite as euphoric as hearing a stadium full of people cheer the one time you throw a ball inside a major league ballpark. That was amazing.
I’m confident that if we hang on to our seats in left field we’ll probably get another shot in the future. We don’t have many righties who pull or hit for power, but I’m going to guess that sitting in the heart of the lower left field seats gives me as good a chance as any of catching one in the future. (As I wrote this, Jayson Werth hit a ball that snuck over the left field wall. See!?)
You can help the poor Astros out by watching this video of Carlos Lee’s homer here. Look for me at the :18 and listen to the cheer go up. Tell me that isn’t awesome!
You can bet that I’ll be getting this framed in an 8x10.
Thanks for a great season, guys! We’re going to miss you, Pat, warts and all.