Family, teammates, friends and fans gathered at Spectrum Field in Clearwater Tuesday to celebrate the life of former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. The ceremony lasted just over an hour-and-a-half and featured speeches from many of Halladay’s teammates and associates with both the Phillies and Blue Jays. Halladay’s wife, Brandy, closed out the ceremony with a speech remembering Halladay and their life together.
“We had a huge life,” Brandy Halladay said. “We made this beautiful family. And we kept going. No matter what. We never stopped. It’s just what we did. It’s what we do in baseball, and it’s what we’re going to keep doing.”
Brandy Halladay also spoke to her children and noted that they are the greatest remembrance of her husband.
“Best of all,” Brandy Halladay said, “I still get to see him every day because I look at you.”
In addition to the group of teammates, friends and family that were seated on chairs placed between the pitcher’s mound and homeplate, approximately 2,000 fans were in attendance at the memorial.
In addition to Brandy Halladay, Roy Halladay Jr., Halladay’s father also spoke. Former Phillies teammates Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and former manager Charlie Manuel and Phillies co-owner John Middleton all spoke. Former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi, former Blue Jays trainer George Poulis, and former Blue Jays and Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter also spoke. Halladay and Carpenter, who were best of friends, pitched against each other in game five of the 2011 National League Division Series, with Carpenter besting his friend that day.
Carpenter told a story of how he and Halladay wound up swimming in the Amazon river while on a fishing trip to Brazil. Utley spoke about Halladay being the best teammate he ever had.
“Your dad was the best teammate I ever played with,” Utley said to the boys. “The most fierce competitor I have ever seen. I’m sure all your lives you’ve heard people praise your dad and tell you how proud they were of him. But in the conversations I had with him, he was more proud of what you guys have accomplished than what he ever accomplished on the field. Brandy, Braden and Ryan: Thank you for sharing him with us.”