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Here’s an Article About Roy Halladay Being a Legend

Kyle Scott - March 1, 2013

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I’ve been sick for the past 36 hours (two weeks, actually), hence the lack of updates. But I sweated out my fever last night after housing a Brooklyn-style pizza and breadsticks from Dominos with Ms. CB (I think they inspired my body to void and purge itself of every foreign substance), and now I feel great. So while I get caught up, here’s a must-read story from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! about Roy Halladay being a legend

Beyond the tangible numbers, there was always an intangible undercurrent to the praise foisted on Halladay. Players on every team want to be known as the workout king, the guy who will lift until blood vessels pop in his eyes. Baseball frowns upon this. The silent leader is a baseball trope, and Halladay embodies it. Getting up in the middle of the night to work out before everyone else isn't an affront to everyone else. It's a challenge.

"The legend grew bigger than reality," Halladay said. "Anytime you do something different, a lot of attention gets put on it. I've always tried to work hard. I'm not trying to show anybody up or do something spectacular for attention. I want to get ready. Those things take on a life of their own."

 

Great stuff from Passan here.

Roy Halladay Wants to Retire a Phillie, and Chase Utley Encouraged Him to Drill Some Batters This Year

Kyle Scott - February 13, 2013

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Beanballs, Roy. Beanballs.

Roy Halladay met with the media today as part of the Phillies PR apparatus’s one-player-a-day thing. Halladay said that he feels good and is confident that he’ll be effective this year. He cited an unknown lower back issue as the cause of his problems last year, and said that he completely changed his offseason workout program, presumably from eating glass to eating nails focusing more on his back, Jules.

Unless he pitches 260 innings this season, vesting his option for 2014, Halladay will become a free agent. He hit that mark once before, throwing 266 innings in 2003, but that's highly unlikely for a 36-year-old. So, does he want to re-sign with the Phillies after the season? You bet.

"I don’t see myself playing anywhere else," Halladay said. "I don’t want to play anywhere else."

He seemed open to a hometown discount, citing how well he’s been treated by the Phillies, but that’s assuming the Phillies will want him back. It all depends on his health, obviously.

Halladay also wants to keep batters more on their toes this season. And Chase Utley had an idea on how to do it.

"Chase suggested drilling a few guys this year," Halladay said. "So maybe I’ll do that."

I love Chase Utley, the second most-hated player in baseball. It’s a love-hate thing.

This Article is Insufferable, Even by David Murphy Standards

Kyle Scott - February 12, 2013

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Writing today about the psyche of an athlete, thirty-something quasi-beat writer for a dying newspaper David Murphy, who just refuses to spell out single-digit numbers, managed to reach new levels of insufferable with this prose about athletes lying to themselves about their ailments:

Last year, a segment of fans and talking heads espoused a disconcerting school of thought during Utley's eventual 3-month absence from the active roster. Utley, the suggestion went, was not honest with himself or the organization about his knees, and because of that, he hindered the Phillies' ability to replace him. My response to anybody who asked my opinion on the matter was that it was nonsense, and my explanation went something like this:

The ability to lie to oneself, and to believe those lies, is a fundamental requirement for an elite-level athlete. The measure of an athlete's psychology is his ability to convince himself that the impossible can be attained. That psychology extends to his physical health, which, at most points during a season, is somewhere less than 100 percent. An athlete's job is to convince himself that he is not in pain, and, failing that, that the pain is not strong enough to hinder his performance, and, failing that, that the pain that is hindering his performance is within his control, that it can be overcome with the proper adjustments, be they mental or mechanical.

A major league pitcher must convince himself that he is capable of performing a task that the human body was not meant to do. This season, Roy Halladay's mission is to convince himself of the irrelevance of the fact that his body turns 36 years old on May 14. Perhaps he will find inspiration in Chris Carpenter, his friend and former teammate who as a 36-year-old in 2011 logged 237 1/3 innings before pitching the Cardinals to a World Series title.

 

Or, Roy Halladay should acknowledge the fact that he’ll turn 36 this year and, instead of ignoring it, make adjustments to his routine and his approach, the way so many other successful, aging pitchers have done before him. 

Or, you know, just pretend that he’s 22, a method of self-trickery that Murphy himself dismissed as, at best, unreliable (at worst, foolish) just a few paragrahs before claiming that it should be Halladay's mission.

End of Days: The 38 Most Memorable Phillies Games From 2007 to 2011 (Part Deux, 30-20)

Kyle Scott - September 7, 2012


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Since it appears that the Phillies will sit at home in October, effectively ending the greatest era in team history, I’ve tasked Papa CB – lifelong Phils fan, J-Roll™ apologist – with ranking the 30 most memorable games from 2007-2011. He came up with 38.

We will roll his list out over the coming days and weeks. Here’s 30-20. Part 1 here.


30) July 6, 2009   

10 Runs in the first inning

Phils 22, Reds 1 

The Phils send 13 batters to the plate in the first inning as they score 10 runs. That’s more, I think, than they scored in all of April this year. Home Runs by Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs and Chase Utley, along with doubles from Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins kickstart the Phils. Jayson Werth slugs a Grand Slam in the eighth to add to the debacle.  

Victorino had an incredible day by going 4-for-5 with five runs scored and four RBIs. Ah, those days.

 

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Photo: AP, Matt Slocum

29) October 17, 2010    

Game 2 NLCS

Oswalt to the rescue

Phils 6, Giants 1  

After Tim Lincecum defeats Roy Halladay in Game 1, Roy Oswalt throws eight great innings, allowing only three hits, one run and striking out nine.  J-Roll™ has the game’s big hit– a bases loaded double in the seventh. 

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Roy Halladay Works Harder Than Tim Cook and Ryan Seacrest

Kyle Scott - September 7, 2012

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Well, at least according to this Business Insider list of People Who Worked Incredibly Hard to Succeed. Doc comes in at number four on the list, just ahead of GE CEO Jeff Immelt and just behind Mark Cuban. Not bad company. The blurb about Doc:

4. Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay's workouts are so intense, others can't make it halfway through them

Cy Young award winning pitcher Roy Halladay is one of the hardest working man in baseball. According to Sports Illustrated, he routinely puts in a 90 minute workout before his teammates make to the field. 

His former pitching coach told SI that when other pitchers attempted one of his workouts, none of them could complete half of it. His pre-game preparation is so intense that he had a personal entrance card to his former team's training facilities.

 

None of that is exactly new to us– we saw Roy running in shorts in nine degree weather last winterlong-tossing with Kyle Kendrick as crews built an ice rink at CBP this past winter, and he’s often spotted running stadium steps. Still, though, it’s pretty impressive to see Roy recognized on a list that includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Ryan Seacrest*, and Michael Jordan, who tops the list.

*Stop hating Ryan Seacrest. This is like the Joe Buck situation for me– everyone hates him, but I can’t understand why. He’s very good at what he does. He hosts a daily national radio show, the most popular TV show in the country, a show on E!, has a production company, and so on. Sure, you may not like the content or subject matter with which he deals, but if you’ve ever watched him dance around awkward situations and production gaffs during live broadcasts of Idol – in front of tens of millions – you know how skilled he is as a broadcaster, TV personality, or whatever. The worst thing he’s ever done was accept the job as the social media guy at the Olympics. He’s above that. Hell, he could have hosted the entire thing instead of Bob Costas and his tired shtick. Why Seacrest accepted a role to read Tweets is beyond me… unless, of course, he’s gunning for Costas’ job in 2016 and beyond. Although I suppose it would have been easier for Seacrest just to give Bobby Boy a stroke, like he did with Dick Clark. Because that’s what happened, right?

H/T to Zoo With Roy

Morning Wood: The One That Never Ends

Kyle Scott - July 18, 2012

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Everyone has that one relationship that just won’t die. It’s volatile, not right for either person, and will never work out… yet something keeps both sides going back for more. You’ve all had one (except for the SABR nerds– their undying love for baseball metrics will never be broken). In your head, you know the relationship is damaged beyond repair. Sure, there are sometimes signs of life. You don’t hate each other. Occasionally, talk of the future will spring up. But then there’s alway a cold water splash. Always a reminder that something is wrong, that too much has happened to be forgotten. Countless times you will tell yourself that it’s over– she’s too much of a bitch, he’s too self-centered, we’re not compatible, he doesn't hit with runners in scoring position, her cunt looks like a meat market after a fire. You think you have the courage to walk away, but you never do. So, you set deadlines. If it is still rocky by ____, I’m cutting ties and moving on. Usually, those deadlines coincide with specific milestone events. Maybe you’re going away to college, maybe it’s the start of summer or the holiday season. Maybe you just don’t want to buy them a birthday present. Doesn’t matter– the deadlines come and go. They pass without resolution and you continue to forge ahead. You hold on to something that doesn’t exist. And then, just when you snap out of it, realize the relationship is beyond repair, and start distancing yourself from the other person, they do something to reel you back in. They sense the loss, want it to be on their terms. So they pull you back in. What follows is a week of relationship events so extraordinary that you begin thinking all is right: little gifts, calls to say HI!, mind-blowing sex… hell, just sex. But all is not right. You’re just climbing higher for a harder fall. Things quickly turn sour again, and it hurts more this time. You can’t take it. You can’t keep doing this to yourself. Finally, you set a hard deadline. There will be no passing it without resolution. Either you’re all in… or you’re out.

Let’s call it, July 31st.

That, my friends, is the 2012 Phillies. You’re dating them and they won’t go away!

For those of you who have real jobs and weren’t able to stay up until 1:30, here’s the brief synopsis: The Phils got out to an earlier 1-0 lead with, gasp, a manufactured run. Roy Halladay had it working in the first inning, but then gave up four straight hits in the second as the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead.  The score remained that way until the eighth inning. The result look to be a forgone conclusion– the Phillies were 0-38 when trailing after seven innings. Not this time. The band is back together. Hunter Pence hit a two-run single to score Chase Utley and John Mayberry Jr. [Video here] Jonathan Paplebon shut it down and then shit himself after the final out. 3-2, good guys.

The Phils have now won four straight, including two against the Dodgers. They’re still 13 games out of first and 9.5 back from the Wild Card.

 

Doc

5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 0 BB. 55 strikes, 25 balls.

Halladay looked good. He struggled early on with his command, but for someone who hasn’t pitched in eight weeks, he did well. He spoke of the looming trade deadline and how the Phils are doing everything they can to avoid cutting ties with this season: [Phillies.com]

"It's an organization that has been committed to winning and you want to see that continue, and obviously there are points where they may have to reconsider how they're going to go about that, but I hope that's long after I'm gone to be honest with you," he said. "You want to have every chance you can to try to win. It's tough having a Trade Deadline and being at the point we're in. It puts the pressure on the front office. But I don't think any of us have given up on it, and I know they haven't in the front office." 

 

Deadline 

Yesterday, the Phillies rolled out David Montgomery and used sources to tell the likes of Jayson Stark that they weren’t ready to sell yet. There may still be some juice in this orange, and they have 12 days to figure out if there is.

 

Pence protects

Maybe Hunter should visit video game headquarters more often:

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The last time I freaked out

I don't know how, or why, I got on these emails, but reader Jeff sent along a creep pic of Miley Cyrus. She is in Philadelphia and now has blonde hair. So, we ask you, is this girl just being Miley, or Jen Utley's evil blonde step-daughter?

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[As you can see here— this is what she was wearing in Philadelphia yesterday]

Roy Halladay Will Pitch in Clearwater on Thursday

Kyle Scott - July 10, 2012

This is going to be too little too late, but the Phillies announced today that Roy Halladay will pitch in a rehab assignment with single-A Clearwater on Thursday. That should put him on track to pitch for the AAAA squad next week in the City of Angels (and, perhaps, Cole Hamels' new home). 

Maybe Doc can win 55 games in the second half.

Roy Halladay Welcomes Rockies Writer to Philadelphia

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2012

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They can rebuild him, apparently.