Roy Halladay. His name is associated with many of the great pitchers before him, and, in the future, many young stars will be compared to him as well. From his years in Toronto, to his arrival in Philadelphia this past off-season, Roy has fulfilled years full of expectations about how great of a pitcher he really is. With over 50 complete games, 154 wins (so far), and a Cy Young under his belt, he has become a favorite of those who love the game of baseball. As a Phillies fan myself, I believe Roy's presence is one that cannot be matched by many others out there. But, of course, there is a downside to a reputation of perfection. The fact is: Roy is not perfect, and it's better to recognize this sooner, rather than later, in the world of Phillies baseball.
As previously stated, I am a Phillies fan, and have been for quite some time. Since the beginning of this season over a month ago, I, along with many others, have believed Roy is the perfect player. His pitches have a great deal of movement, he finds numerous ways to escape from jams, and he can even drive in a few runs when it's his turn to approach the plate. The Philadelphia media (and national, as well) has so many good things to say about everything Roy does, that one almost forgets that he a human being, just like every other player on the field, and every person watching from the stands. It becomes a matter where you almost assume that every 5th game that Roy pitches will be a win, and he will strike out 15 while giving up just 2 hits. But, obviously, this is not case.
It's hard when you hear so many positive things about a player, to believe that anything could ever go wrong, especially when he is new to your team. I bet no one in Seattle thought they'd see Cliff Lee sidelined for the beginning of the season with an abdominal injury, or anyone in LA thinking Manny would be suspended 50 games last year for using illegal hormones. But, in reality, this is what happens, and, it's still the fact that most fans want to see their good players NOW, and not have to watch them face any adversity. But, as I said, it happens, and it will continue to happen. Roy will not always pitch a complete game, he will give up numerous hits and run, and he will get into jams that he or his team may not be able to get him out of. There will not always be a run-saving double play, or a 7-run cushion to lean on, and that's all part of the game of baseball. No one is perfect, so just enjoy players as they are and as they come.
Fans who have the reputation of booing those under-performers who do not have productive seasons have to remember one thing sometimes: players are human. Yes, it's extremely frustrating, and I, myself, have a hard time controlling my emotions sometimes, but overall, it's just about enjoying the players who ARE doing well rather than pointing out the flaws of those who are not doing well. Of course, this may seem like an overly positive view of sports in general, but it does come with some truth, and Roy Halladay is no different. He is not perfect, he is human. He will not win every game, but he will always give it his all. And, if he does not give it his all, it is safe to not look at him kindly anymore, though, until that day, we should remember the good things he has done as a pitcher, rather than the games where he loses a little bit of his edge. He will continue to shine as long as he's given the chance to relight the fire in his game if it suddenly went out the start before.