Notes and Ancedotes on Doc
Harry Leroy Halladay III is better known as Roy or “Doc.” The nickname Doc comes from Doc Holliday, the dentist, gambler and gunfighter of the American Old West. That Doc also came to Philadelphia as a 19-year-old dental school student in 1870.
While the Phillies’ new pitching ace was in Philadelphia, he and his wife, Brandy, looked into purchasing a home. No dental school for this Doc.
Brandy also spoke with the Phillies about how she and her husband can get involved with helping children. In Toronto, Doc and Brandy invited children and their families from the Hospital for Sick Children into “Doc’s Box” at Rogers Centre. Each child received a Doc’s Box t-shirt, hat, program and Blue Jays goodies while watching a game from his private luxury suite.
Last night, Doc was among several Philadelphia sports celebrities at the 76ers game. When introduced, he drew the loudest response.
MLB and the Phillies have No. 34 Halladay jerseys on sale already. The Phillies’ new, updated 2010 promotion schedule includes a Halladay Bobble Figurine for May 18 (Pirates), courtesy of Toyota.
Young Talent Pool
Because of the depth in their minor league system, the Phillies were able to acquire Cliff Lee last July and Doc yesterday for seven total prospects.
Don’t forget 2B Adrian Cardenas, LHP Josh Outman and OF Matt Spencer were sent to Oakland in July of 2008 for Joe Blanton. Joe’s gone 16-8 in a Phillies uniform and has pitched in back-to-back World Series.
Came across the following from Richard Griffin, Toronto Star columnist:
“For some reason, the Phillies’ front office smarts are being cast in doubt by a segment of their fan base asking why they are simply switching Cy guys in a megaswap with the Jays and M’s, while giving up a trio of top prospects to the Jays and receiving three from Seattle.
“The answer lies in the simple fact that Halladay is significantly better than Lee and will be with them for a significantly longer time. The $6 million toward Halladay’s contract is a bonus.”
Doc won 20 games twice with the Blue Jays (2003 and 2008). Last Phillies 20-game winner? Steve Carlton, 23-11, in 1982. Doc was five years old.