HALLADAY TAKES OUT AD TO THANK BLUE JAYS FANS, ORGANIZATION
TSN.ca staff 12/22/2009 12:46:01 PM
Former Toronto Blue Jay Roy Halladay took out a full-page advertisement in Tuesday’s edition of the Toronto Sun to thank his former organization, the fans and the City of Toronto.
The ad shows a letter that is written on letter head that said "ROY HALLADAY"
"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," Halladay wrote in the ad.
"I feel blessed to have been part of the Blue Jays since 1995 and am extremely grateful for the opportunities it has provided. Throughout this past 15 years, there have been so many people within the organization that have made a wonderful and significant impact in 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.
Best regards, Roy"
The 2003 Cy Young Award winner was 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA for the Blue Jays. He was traded to the Phillies last week in four-team trade that also saw Cliff Lee head to Seattle.
source: TSN.ca (http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=303305)
We all know that professional sports are businesses. Of course, MLB is no exception, especially with ridiculous contracts that draw boos from hard-core fans who still believe the sport should be about heart and comradeship, not money and endorsement deals (or maybe they’re just booing for other reasons… A-Rod?).
But once in a while, a player like Halladay comes along, showing us what a professional athlete should be –– hardworking, dedicated, humble, and just simply classy.
I’m surprised at how many people respond negatively to this ad, saying that it’s a publicity stunt designed by his manager, while he is moving onto greener pasture and getting more money. As a Cy Young award-winner and a future hall-of-famer, Doc stayed with the Blue Jays for 15 years, giving the team a chance to compete with ATM teams like the Yankees and Red Sox. Granted, he made a lot of money along the way, but who can argue that he didn’t deserve it? If he had stayed healthy, he could have won more Cy Young awards and 20+ games every year. He’s a leader and great role model on and off the field. Publicity stunt or not, the fact that he takes the time to thank the organization, the city and the fans shows real class (Take note, Vince Carter!). It’s a shame that Blue Jays could not improve enough to give him a run in the post-season (Finally, J.P. Ricciardi is gone). Personally, I almost blame the Jays every time the bullpen blew the lead or the scarce run support denied any great pitcher a win. Just like when Carlos Delgado left Toronto, I have nothing but best wishes for Doc. He is the best pitcher in the game right now. He deserves a chance at that championship ring.
Farewell, Doc. Thank you for the great 15 years. For all Torontonians, you will forever have a special place in our hearts, too. I’ll be cheering for Phillies when they beat the evil empire called Yankees in the World Series.