Nov 162010
Phillies ace Roy Halladay

Phillies ace Roy Halladay

November 16 Philadelphia Inquirer:

About 12 hours after Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game, he was drenched in sweat. He walked into the visitors’ clubhouse at Sun Life Stadium in Miami and sat down at his locker, tucked in the very back corner.

From that very spot those 12 hours earlier, Halladay stood and panned the clubhouse to see every member of the Phillies‘ traveling party saluting him with a standing ovation. He had achieved immortality and if there were any doubts at how special his first season with the Phillies could be, they had turned into expectations of grandeur on May 29.

The next morning, Halladay didn’t sleep in. He had already begun preparation for his next start, in which he allowed 11 more baserunners than he did in Florida but still won.

“The journey is always better than the destination,” Halladay said.

On Tuesday, Halladay’s journey that began with a December trade to Philadelphia resulted in him being named the National League’s best pitcher. He won the Cy Young Award, becoming just the fourth Phillies pitcher to do so.

Halladay won overwhelmingly to no one’s surprise. He is just the fifth pitcher in history to win the Cy Young in both leagues. It is the final signature moment in a season with so many for Halladay – from that perfect game against the Marlins to his division-clinching shutout and remarkable postseason debut, a no-hitter.

Halladay is the first Phillies pitcher to win the award since Steve Bedrosian in 1987. John Denney won it in 1983, and Steve Carlton won four times (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982).

If anything, going to Philadelphia simply reinforced what many around baseball knew: Halladay could very well be the best at his craft. In Toronto, he did the same things – plan intense workouts, finish more games started than anyone else, leave teammates wide-eyed – but the attention wasn’t near that of 2010.

After pitching his postseason no-hitter, Halladay turned down invitations to appear on national TV shows. During the season, the interview requests were greater than ever, and Halladay refused most. On Monday, a day before being named Cy Young, Halladay was revealed as the cover athlete for the 2K Sports video game Major League Baseball 2K11.

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