The baseball world took an inconceivable loss today with the passing of former pitching great, Roy Halladay. Roy, just 40 years of age, was flying his single-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Florida when the crash occurred. The Sheriffs office marine unit responded to the crash where Halladay’s body was found. They can’t confirm whether there were additional passengers along with him, nor where he was destined to travel at this time.
The former Phillies and Blue Jays organizational player, 2-time Cy Young award winner, 8-time All-Star, perfect-game winning pitcher didn’t just win over the fans anywhere he went, he was loved by the organizations, front office, and teammates. With a smile on his face and the work ethic he portrayed, there is no wonder why he touched the lives of many people.
“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s very untimely death. there are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.” The Phillies expressed in a statement.
Roy signed a 1-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in order to retire with the organization he spent his first 12 seasons. Their statement following the tragedy: “The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise’s greatest and most respected players, but even better human being,” the team said in a statement. “It is impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”