Roy Halladay will now forever be known in the record books for throwing a no-hitter in the playoffs and doing it with class, style, and a great appreciation of the game. "It's surreal, it really is," Halladay said. "I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it's a dream come true."
I would like to see the critics come out and bash the Phillies for releasing Cliff Lee and picking up Roy Halladay now. I would first likase to preface this by saying Cliff Lee is an excellent pitcher and did a wonderful job pitching against a very strong Rays team, leading the Rangers to a 5-1 win. Cliff Lee is a great pitcher and nothing indicates that he is going to be slowing down anytime soon. The fact still stands that Phillies, despite giving up a great pitcher, gained a better pitcher. It is like trading Spiderman for Batman, and we all know Batman could kick Spidermans' butt, although it would be a good fight. Roy Halladay is a class act with a strong career and also shows no signs of slowing down. Halladay is only a year older then Lee but has four more years in the Majors and actually has been more consistent then Lee.
Halladay had over twenty wins this year an ERA of 2.44 and struck out 219 batters, not to mention a perfect game during the season. Lee on the other hand when 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA, striking out 285 batters. Though Lee's numbers are nothing to sneeze at Halladay proved to be the better pitcher this year.
Now that it has been determined that Halladay was a great pick up and losing Lee, even though he is a great pitcher, did not hurt the Phillies chances of wining the series, lets give Halladay the congrats he deserves. Did you hear that Reds fans??? My colleague wrote an excellent article telling not only Reds fans but the Reds ball club why they are always a basement team and when they do win they become the enemy...FAST! The bottom line is they don't respect the game. "Another umpire, he [Halladay] wouldn't have thrown a game like that," Cabrera said. "He was getting every pitch. We had no chance. We had to swing."
Very classy Cabrera...try as you might, you can't take away the fact that Halladay pitched a game out of his mind and you couldn't hit him. Do you realize you are trying to discredit only the second no-hitter in MLB playoff history?
No matter what is said about Halladay's no hitter, there is only one thing that every die hard baseball fan should be able to agree upon. Halladay pitched an amazing game, had control of the baseball, and shut the Reds down. He has handled himself with class throughout his career so far and was extremely excited but still humble after pitching such an incredible game. This pitching display has only been seen twice in post season history, it needs to be cherished. Congrats to you Mr. Halladay you had a truly remarkable year followed by a truly memorable game.
The Marris Minute