5:15 PM Eastern
If this was Roy Halladay’s final game in a Blue Jays uniform (and I doubt it was), he went out in about as brilliant a fashion as one can, throwing a complete-game, dominating the Red Sox with a walk-free six-hitter. It was vintage Halladay, and it was pretty emotional from this end – unexpectedly so.
I didn’t come into today’s game thinking that it would feel any differently than any other Roy Halladay start, but it really did, and it might be because of how well Halladay pitched. It was as though he realized that this might be his last chance to perform as a Blue Jay in Toronto, and if it’s even possible for him, he reached back for even more than he usually brings.
As he neared the dugout after the game was over, Halladay doffed his cap and gave the crowd a big wave, and he did so again after he finished up a post-game, on-field interview with Sam Cosentino.
As I said, I don’t think this was Doc’s last start as a Blue Jay. I’d be surprised if he were traded tomorrow, or before his next home start on Friday night, but there were plenty of scouts here and the major suitors might be starting to realize that any extra starts they get from Doc between now and July 31st are really worth having. It seems as though the Brewers, Phillies and Red Sox are in on Halladay the hardest, and they’ve all got enough to get him – it just comes down to who is willing to pony up the package of players that would get the Blue Jays to pull the trigger.
Roy’s wife Brandi was up here in the broadcast booth yesterday and today, and I made sure to tell her how sweet it would be – should the Halladays leave Toronto either this year or next - if Roy came back at the end of the line, after that contract he’ll sign post-2010, to finish up his great career as a Blue Jay. She thought that was a great idea.
Here’s today’s edition of The JaysTalk – a good, long one – for your listening pleasure:
And just for the heck of it, here’s yesterday’s edition of The JaysTalk – also for your listening pleasure:
As for the offense today, how about The Captain going 2-for-2 with a couple of loopers to shallow left to snap out of an 0-for-20 slump, driving in all three runs. And dig Lyle Overbay, with a double and a walk and two runs scored – he’s 6-for-11 since the break. But who’s kidding who, today was all about Roy Halladay. Hopefully, Friday will be, too.
Tomorrow is an off-day, so you’ll hear Roger Lajoie on Baseball Today, but I’ll be back with that show on Tuesday and then we’ll all be back here that night for a battle of lefties – Brett Cecil takes on Cliff Lee and we go to air at 7:00 PM Eastern. Hopefully, I won’t be doing any bloggage between now and then, because if I do, I’m pretty sure it would be to break down a Roy Halladay trade.
Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!