As a die-hard baseball fan, it's always something special when you get to watch a true legend of the game in real time. Roy Halladay was one such player.
From the moment he joined my favorite team, the Phillies, I was his #1 fan. I tried to never miss a single one of his starts, because I knew there was always the chance for him to do something special. And because of that, I got to watch him throw the 20th perfect game in baseball history. I then watched him throw the 2nd no-hitter in postseason history. He was simply an artist when it came to pitching.
Off the field, he was a role model for all professional athletes. A true family man, he had a soft spot for kids. After he retired, he coached his sons' Little League teams. As much as he loved the game, he enjoyed spending time with his family even more. And that's what makes his sudden death hurt even more. I'm still numbed by the news of his plane crash. At just 40 years of age, he still had so much to give. I had always hoped that one day, he might return to the Phillies as a pitching coach, and finally win his World Series ring. Instead, I have to settle with the wonderful memories he gave me, and millions of other people.
Rest well, Doc. You will be missed.