If you are a disgruntled, depressed, or disconsolate Philadelphia sports fan, read this gushing paean to Roy Halladay, and surely your spirits will lift. Though there are statistics, quotes from other people, and some semblance of narrative structure, the piece, by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, is mostly just a big fat love letter to the Doc.
Some morsels to whet your appetite.
“Halladay is universally beloved.”
“The silent leader is a baseball trope, and Halladay embodies it.”
His fastball “was cutting and sinking, boring and diving, alive and electric, vintage Doc.”
“The legend of Roy Halladay starts here. It ends with a game’s 27th out. The stories that fill the in-between are but notches on the Halladay continuum that depends on the two things that define him: the early-morning workouts that could sell a million DVDs and the complete games that made him millions of dollars.”