No. 1: Playoff No-Hitter
Halladay spent 12 seasons in Toronto but never got to appear in a playoff game in all his years there. As mentioned earlier, he wanted to come to Philadelphia to compete for a World Series, and he immediately got to do that.
In Game One of the 2010 National League Division Series, Charlie Manuel called on his ace to set the tone and deliver a win to open up the series. Halladay did that and more.
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Just like he did earlier that season, Halladay started setting down every batter he faced. The only baserunner he allowed was Jay Bruce on a walk in the fifth inning. Then he went right back to making the Reds look silly, striking out eight of them in the process.
When the ninth inning rolled around, all 46,411 people in Citizen’s Bank Park were on their feet, waving their white rally towels. Even watching at home then and rewatching it now, chills still go down my spine. I can only imagine what it would’ve been like to watch the game in person. Halladay’s battery partner all season long, Carlos Ruiz, sealed the no-hitter throwing out Brandon Phillips at first base from his knees.
That moment sealed both Halladay’s Cy Young award and another unique spot in history, becoming the only Phillie to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs and just the second playoff no-hitter in baseball history.
Halladay was easily one of the best pitchers in Phillies history, even though he only got to pitch four seasons here. He made an impact on all of his teammates and continued to impact players both by coaching Phils prospects in spring training and coaching for his son’s baseball team. He will definitely be missed.