Roscher: Loving Roy Halladay was easy

From SABR member Liz Roscher at The Athletic on November 12, 2017:

Roy Halladay went to the zoo.

There are a lot of ways I could have started this article. Roy Halladay had an incredible career that contained both consistency and utter brilliance, but it says a lot about how he’s beloved in Philadelphia that one of his best moments was going to the zoo.

And Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash last Tuesday at age 40, had a lot of great moments in a short time in Philadelphia. Those moments made him a legend, but there were so many other things he did that made him beloved.

Outwardly, Roy Halladay didn’t look like a Philly sports guy. He didn’t immediately seem like someone we’d love. He was quiet and unassuming. He didn’t have that shock of handsomeness that Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels did. He looked like your next door neighbor, or a guy you’d see at the hardware store every Saturday.

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Originally published: November 13, 2017. Last Updated: November 13, 2017.