Yesterday, former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died at the age of 40 when the small plane he was flying crashed off the Gulf of Mexico. During his 15 years in the majors, Halladay was a great teammate and a phenomenal pitcher, as he won two Cy Young Awards, earned more than 200 wins, struck out more than 2,000 batters, earned eight All-Star game nods, and pitched a perfect game during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. But as great of a pitcher and player Halladay was, he cared far more about being the best dad he could be for his sons Braden and Ryan.
Halladay always put his family first in any decision he made, including turning down coaching jobs from the Jays and Phillies after his retirement so that he could coach his son’s under-13 baseball team instead, where they eventually reached the Florida state championship. He also volunteered as a coach for his son Braden’s baseball team at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater and a traveling team called the Florida Burn that his son Ryan was on. In fact, his last tweet was celebrating the Florida Burn for winning their second straight state championship.
I love the Players & Parents of our Florida Burn! They keep proving why they’re the best team on the field but more important the classiest! pic.twitter.com/4agAeCO4wY
— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) November 6, 2017
But Halladay was more than just a coach, as he made sure to never neglect his parenting duties or treat his sons as less important than his career. After pitching the first playoff no-hitter since Don Larsen in 1956, Halladay celebrated with his two sons came to celebrate. But before they could say anything, Halladay made sure to remind one of his sons that they were still going to the aquarium and Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday. And while his life on earth may have been cut tragically short, friends, family, and fans of Roy Halladay will remember him as a good man, a great pitcher, and, above all, a beloved husband and father.