All clear in Clearwater as Halladay shines

BY MATTHEW NADU, Columnist

Photo: AP

Spring training is just that, spring training.

A time for professional baseball players to work off their off season bumps, bad habits and brewskies.

The games don’t count, hell half of baseballs superstars rarely play in the season of exhibition games.

That being said… It means everything especially to one superstar and a city ready to return to glory.

In his first spring training start Philadelphia’s new golden child Roy Halladay didn’t disappoint coaches or the fans who are still disappointed and confused about how the six foot, six inch 230 pounder made his way to a city that has been hesitant to show him brotherly love.

Now is a good time to love the big guy.

With the same comfort displayed by former ace Cliff Lee, who departed with Halladay’s arrival, Halladay mowed down a depleted, yet still defending world champion New York Yankees lineup Thursday afternoon.

It felt like a crisp fall afternoon with temperatures in the mid 50’s as Halladay tossed two innings of no-hit ball, striking out three, including blowing a nasty bender past Jorge Posada in the first.

The ace had nothing to prove except that he is the best hurler in the game — and he did just that.

He was calm and cool on the hill dominating the all too familiar American League East Champs just like in his days with the Blue Jays working right at the Yankee batters with an array of moving pitches.

Halladay has been training vigorously in the off season, arriving Bright House field daily at 5:30am and it showed in his first audition.

With opposing southpaw ace CC Sabathia on the hill for New York, perhaps the game was a prelude to what is to come in October.

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