Roy Halladay: Calm In the Eye of the Trade Storm

Ian HunterCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 6:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium May 6, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

How much of what you do for a living defines who you are?

For Roy Halladay, I’m sure that his job is simply more than just coming to the ballpark every day and putting in the eight hours. To him it’s more than a job: It’s a way of life.

Even though it seems like the entire baseball world is focused on him, Halladay manages to stay focused despite the whirlwind of trade rumours. I think Halladay said it best in the quote below:

In what could very well be his final appearance as a Blue Jay, Roy Halladay will show up to work today and do what he has always done. He will go through his pregame routine as usual, and perform to the best of his ability on the mound later tonight.

It may be just another start in Halladay’s mind, but for fans it may just be the last goodbye.

One of the main reasons baseball purists admire Roy Halladay is his devotion to the game and his dedication to his craft. He may not be the most accessible baseball player or the friendliest guy, but he makes up for it all by doing what he is paid to do—win.

As we saw over the weekend, the work that Roy and Brandy Halladay do with "Doc’s Box" and the Hospital for Sick Children is a testament to the type of people they are. The raw emotion that Brandy Halladay displayed during the broadcast truly shows that their family is emotionally invested in the Blue Jays and the city of Toronto.

Halladay has spent the better part of 11 seasons now with the Blue Jays organization and is the only active pitcher with 100 wins or more to have not pitched in the playoffs.

The city of Toronto and Blue Jays fans everywhere should understand that Doc more than deserves the chance to win a championship elsewhere if the Blue Jays can’t provide that for him.

Until then, we will be graced with another chance to see arguably the best pitcher of this era work his magic on the mound. Let's not take it for granted.