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Sunday, July 21, 2019

SI: Stephanie Apstein: What Made Roy Fly

Roy Jr. taught Roy III to master two things. Many baseball fans know how the father searched for a house with a basement at least 60 feet, six inches long; charted the son’s velocity; honed his focus. They do not know that the father also passed on another, greater love: for flying.

Those moments in the air brought Roy III such pleasure, but knowing how it all ended, his mother, Linda, wishes he had never had them. She is angry with her son for whatever happened that day, for whatever he did that took him away from her. His sisters, Merinda and Heather, agree. “I’d rather he be here and miserable,” Heather says. Roy Jr. does not traffic in counterfactuals.

“I wish that he had been more careful,” he says, “But I’m not sorry for what he was doing, and never sorry that he was enjoying his life.”

I found this to be an article worth reading.  It was difficult to pick a quotable section as it’s not really that type of article.

It’s still sad to think of Halladay going too soon.

puck Posted: July 21, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, hall of fame, phillies, roy halladay

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: July 21, 2019 at 09:21 PM (#5863666)
worth a read, for sure.

an excerpt about Halladay's father that supplements yours:

"He was back in the air a day or two after his son’s crash. He doesn’t even remember that first trip. He had errands to run, or people to visit, or something. So he went out behind his house to his little runway and climbed into his little plane. The decision to fly again so soon does not strike him as remarkable. The statistics remained the same. He was in no more danger than he was when his son was alive."
   2. John Northey Posted: July 21, 2019 at 09:26 PM (#5863667)
Funny thing is he could've still been a ML pitcher under different circumstances. He would've only been 42 this year - Fernando Rodney is the same age as Halladay would've been. Plus of course Ichiro. Roger Clemens pitched to age 44 and at 42 came in 3rd for Cy voting. Nolan Ryan was 5th in Cy voting at 42 and pitched to 46. Always wondered if he might have been like Dave Stieb who was the best Jay pitcher before him, just needed a few years of rest then might have been able to make a comeback. Sigh. We never will know.

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