Roy Halladay’s bizarre preseason will come to a stoic conclusion on the 28th when he throws his last spring training game.
Dubee confirmed that Halladay is scheduled to pitch final Grapefruit game a week from today in Clearwater vs. Blue Jays. #Phillies
— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) March 21, 2013
Again, a Rich Dubee confirmation means as little as a gasp in a wind storm at this point, but any indication that Doc is outside of his iron lung and functioning in a bipedal fashion is terrific news. We crave “Doc is okay” notices, and now we can’t land anywhere solid.
- He couldn’t pitch without bleeding runs.
- He could pitch but with a stomach virus.
- He looks “filthy,” per Torii Hunter
- He looks “bad,” per David Murphy
So before, when he was going to start against the Orioles, and we all thought, “It all comes down to this,” it didn’t really come down to that. Now, against the Blue Jays, we can confidently say, “It will all come down to this.” Because it literally will.
One last confirmation that Roy is feeling okay, or at least prepared, to throw seven innings for a whole season, or one last reminder that eventually, we all succumb to age.
God help us all.