Roy Halladay left so long ago. You probably assumed he wasn’t coming back.
Wandering the streets, you wailed incoherently as people avoided you and the police demanded that you get on the ground. “ROY HALLADAY IS GONE,” you’d explain, and then the police would start wandering around, wailing, too. The city was in chaos. Crime spiked, certainly. As did wailing.
Today, that all ends. For any Roy Halladay-related reasons. Because that evil shoulder that once tore Roy Halladay from us by being full of bone spurs and frayed labrums has been defeated by Roy Halladay, and he’ll prove it, too, by pitching today in Clearwater.
The Threshers aren’t having a great year, but by being four games under .500, they’re still way closer to playoff baseball than the Phillies. A Roy Halladay cameo is sure to improve things, maybe, if things go as well as I’ve already decided they will.
Ruben Amaro has already stated that Halladay is hitting mid-upper 80s during a simulated game, and as this process begins – once he pitches today, he as 30 days to be rehabbed though the Phillies say he’ll be back before then – he’s expected to get closer to his early 90s normalcy.
You know, maybe. Probably. I don’t know. Neither does Charlie Manuel.
“In some ways it would be good if he could come back,” Manuel said. “In other ways, it might be better if he didn’t.”
Remember when he had the surgery, and the doctors said it would turn back the clock two or three years? I just like remembering that. Because it sounds so ludicrously ideal that it doesn’t seem like it could be possible. But we’ll get to see if those words have any sort of truth in them today, at which point we can feel free to draw conclusions.
The Phillies immediate future sucks, their long term future on what positives we can drain from the current sucking. How Roy Halladay figures into all of that is all ambiguous and impossible until we watch what happens today.
Doc wants to believe that he’ll be back this year, Amaro doesn’t want to promise anything, and our emotions are too fragile right now to handle anything but the best possible news. So basically today is going to be probably awful.