Phillies remember Roy Halladay perfect game seven years later
Could Phillies ace Roy Halladay’s date with perfection really be seven years ago
As the Phillies prepare to face the Marlins fans are reminded of another Memorial Day weekend game against the division rivals.
Ironically, seven years to the day Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in franchise history against the same team Philadelphia will face tonight.
Much as changed in the franchise’s history since Doc thrilled us with perfection. Not one of the 42 players to wear a Phillies uniform in 2010 remain with the team; not Chase Utley, not Juan Castro making the spinning throw to Ryan Howard, not Paul Hoover, and, thankfully, not Mike Zagurski.
Doc plowed through all 27 of the then Florida Marlins hitters, allowing no base runners and thanking the man behind the plate before anyone else.
Nowadays Doc is continuing to mentor the next generation of baseball stars. It may be a couple generations younger than he was used to, but the impact is just as powerful.
He’s coaching his son’s undefeated high school team in none other than the home of Phillies spring training and the Threshers, Clearwater, Florida.
Halladay also took a moment to recognize the loss of former Phillie legend Jim Bunning, who before Halladay had the only perfect game in franchise history.
It’ll only be a matter of time before Roy joins Jim in Cooperstown, and hopefully (though unlikely) wearing a Phillies hat on his plaque.
Philadelphia will play the Marlins Monday evening with Jeremy Hellickson ready to make another quality start for the Phils.