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.

Answering Critics
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.”

20-Game Winner
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.

3 Comments

THE PHILLIES FRONT OFFICE IS BEING CRITIZIED FOR THINKING THE FANS BELIEVE WHY THEY “HAD” TO TRADE LEE.THEY NEEDED TO REPLENISH THEIR FARM SYSTEM,GIVE ME A BREAK.THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD BOTH PITCHERS FOR A YEAR,OFFERED LEE ARBITRATION AS A FREE AGENT,AND IF THEY LOST HIM WOULD RECEIVE 2 FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS TO REPLENISH THE FARM SYSTEM.GO TO THE SEATTLE WEBSITE AND SEE THAT’S EXACTLY HOW THEY FEEL.THEY STOLE LEE FROM THE PHILLY FANS.THIS WAS NEVER A MULTI TEAM DEAL.THIS WAS 2 VERY SEPERATE DEALS.WE DID NOT TRADE LEE FOR HALLADAY.WE TRADED LEE TO SAVE $9 MILLION DOLLARS.

As a Jays fan in Toronto I wish Doc well in his new digs. A total classy guy who tolerated (publicly anyway) various management mishandled situations. Shameful what JP did to him at this year’s All Star game. His next 4 starts suffered as a result. Doc is the best and deserves the World Series along with the rest of the Phils.

It’s amazing to watch him pitch and win games. Probably my greatest Jays highlight since winning the last World Series (who’d they beat again!?) was watching Doc dominate the Yankees on Burnett’s return to Rogers Centre. Burnett’s a joke and got crushed. The crowd was as loud as a Philly crowd from beginning to end. A ton of fun!

Good luck to you guys & Doc next year. Not sure I can switch my NL Mets allegiance but since the Jays won’t do anything for awhile maybe I need to pick a winner. Go Phils!

Nice try. No sale.

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