BY SHAY RODDY
It’s rare that you see a player stay on one mediocre team for as long as Roy Halladay stayed in Toronto. For 11 years, Halladay served as hero, role model, and friend of the Blue Jays fans. The fans loved him, and he loved them back. Everyone saw a trade as inevitable, though, as Halladay readied for the final year on his contract. In a trade involving two Cy Young Award winners, Halladay came to Philadelphia, leaving a bittersweet feeling in his gut as he left Toronto and the fans he knew and loved.
But Halladay’s a classy guy, through and through. And Tuesday he showed the fans of Toronto his heartfelt appreciation in a full-page ad:
On Tuesday, Halladay once again thanked the Toronto fans with a full-page ad in the Toronto Sun. Here is the full text of his message:
My wife Brandy, sons Braden and Ryan and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, its incredible fans, and the City of Toronto.
I feel blessed to have been a part of the Blue Jays since 1995 and am extremely thankful for the opportunities it has provided. Thoughout the past 15 years, there have been so many people within the organization that have made a wonderful and significant impact on my life, it would be impossible to name them all.
I am sincerely grateful for the incredible support and compassion the Blue Jays fans have always shown me. I am in awe of your overwhelming passion and devotion.
Toronto will forever have a special place in my heart.
The memories will last a lifetime and so will my gratitude.
The number one thing I’ve heard from Toronto is that we’re a very lucky city. Halladay is a nice guy and a great pitcher. Welcome to Philadelphia, Doc. I think you might like these fans too.
Programming Notice: Due to the holidays there will be a cut-back in content this week with various writers on vacation. Homer Plate’s Out of Left Field will return after the New Year, my column will be, at least, much more infrequent and contributors will submit only a few columns. Expect all regular content to return Monday, January 4, 2010. Thank you and have a happy holiday!