Roy Halladay Throws No-Hitter in Game One
Sometimes things happen that are completely unreal. These are things that you can only dream of happening. Take for instance the dream that almost every young kid has; the dream that someday they could pitch in the big leagues, the dream that they could be the best pitcher in baseball, the dream that they could throw a no-hitter in the playoffs.
Well, sometimes these dreams do come true.
In dream-like fashion Roy Halladay started the Philadelphia Phillies playoff run with a bang last Wednesday. In fact, he made history by throwing only the second no-hitter in the history of the MLB playoffs. The first no-hitter in the history of the playoffs was a Perfect Game by Don Larsen in the fifth game of the 1956 World Series.
Even more impressive is the fact that this was his first appearance in the playoffs of his career. Since he was with the Toronto Blue Jays for the entirety of his career before being traded to the Phillies this past off-season he never had a chance to go to the playoffs.
In fact, ever since that trade Halladay has been living a dream. Let’s face it. You’re the best pitcher in baseball. You play on one of the worst teams in one of the toughest divisions in baseball. So what do you do? You ask to be traded to the best team in the other league, the weaker league, the Philadelphia Phillies. You get traded. You put together a Cy Young year including MLB’s 20th perfect game in history. You do this on the way to winning the division with the best record in all of baseball. Then you go out and throw a no-hitter in the first game of the playoffs, something that’s only been done once. And that makes it a no-hitter in the regular season and the playoffs, something that’s never been done before. Ever.
Mr. Halladay, on behalf of baseball fans everywhere, I’d like to ask you to never wake up.
On this day, there was nobody that was going to be able to stop Roy Halladay. Not even NL MVP candidate Joey Votto. Even though he had the best on-base percentage in the Major Leagues, he could not reach base. Only one man could reach base, and that’s not because he did anything special, it’s because Roy Halladay barely missed on two pitches and ended up walking him. That man would be Jay Bruce.
His “stuff” was magical. When interviewed his catcher Carlos Ruiz said that he was consistent on both sides of the plate with a good fastball and cutter. And what were the first words out of his mouth when he was asked about Halladay’s stuff?
“Oh, my God.”
Every once in a while a day comes along where a pitcher has the stuff like Halladay had last Wednesday; the stuff that’s un-hittable. Rarely does it happen to the same pitcher twice. Roy Halladay’s a rare pitcher.
It wasn’t just Halladay’s stuff that was extraordinary. Halladay, a career .141 hitter, went 1 for 3 driving in and scoring one of the Phillies runs. That just adds to the magnitude of this special day.
What is the one thing Halladay has yet to do? He has never won the World Series. I am sure it’s all part of the dream, a dream that seems to have no down points.
Be thankful that you have been able to witness this dream season. Someday you will be able to tell your grandkids that you were watching when Roy Halladay rewrote history.