The truth is, that stats don’t really matter at a time like this. The bottom line – the one more important than the stats – is that a great guy was killed tragically in a plane crash Tuesday. Roy Halladay, who Phillies fans all felt that they knew because of what he brought to their team, was killed when he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was the only one on board the plane.
Halladay recently received his pilot’s license and Tweeted recently about his purchase of the ICON A5, which he said he had dreamed of owning.
The 40-year old leaves behind a wife and two children.
Social media has been filled with remembrances of Halladay both as a person and as a pitcher.
I’m stunned to silence over the news of Roy Halladay. My thoughts and heart are with Brandy and the boys. Rest In Peace my friend.
— Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) November 7, 2017
Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Brayden. We will miss you Roy.
— Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was one of the special people in this world. A beautiful man, driven by the pursuit of excellence. A HOF player & human being
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 7, 2017
Heart broken- Roy was always the guy I looked up to in little league, in high school, in the bigs. So lucky to have been his teammate. Incredible husband, incredible dad, we will miss you Doc!
— Brad Lidge (@SlidersNSaves54) November 7, 2017
Beyond crushed! One of the best. Hardest working/preparing pitcher ever played with! You will be missed!
— Kevin Frandsen (@KevinFrandsen) November 7, 2017
Praying for the Halladay family right now. So blessed to have met and learned from one of the best ever. RIP Doc you will be forever missed
— Andrew Knapp (@theknappyboy5) November 7, 2017
Doc is the definition of hard work. NO ONE out worked him. No one prepared more. As a young player you just watched him and wanted to strive to be him but you couldn’t. Watching him pitch was like watching an artist paint. Greatest competitor, he was his own closer. #RIPDoc
— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) November 7, 2017
Heartbroken over Roy H. He was the not only the standard of excellence in the game of baseball but in life! Will miss u my friend..
— Jake Peavy (@JakePeavy_22) November 7, 2017
I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I’m heartbroken, rest easy Doc.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 7, 2017
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) November 7, 2017
Always one of my favorite shirts. October 6, 2010 was one of my best birthdays thanks to Roy Halladay! pic.twitter.com/8SFbrfYtCa
— Chuck Hixson (@PHLBaseballNsdr) November 7, 2017