No matter you think about the Jays, I don’t think there is a person out there who can criticize Roy Halladay. The guy is the quintessential superstar. If (and I do mean if) one of my kids were to have the talent to excel at something like Roy Halladay does at pitching I would hope, of all the superstars out there that my kids would emulate him. He is the consummate professional. He says the right things, he does the right things and he pitches his ass of. He competes every time you give him the ball.
Of all the issues the Jays have had over the years the one constant has been Halladay. It is refreshing to know that the lack of performance is bothering him and that he is indeed human. I imagine that out of the majority of cities of which athletes play professional baseball Toronto is probably one of the easiest with which to live. He can probably live a fairly normal life here without being mobbed or bothered. Having said that, I am not surprised at the reports tonight that the losing is starting to take a toll.
“It’s hard to keep doing the same things each year and it’s hard to not see a progression,” said Halladay, his usual stellar self this season at 11-6 with a 2.71 ERA. “I don’t think you ever go out there and kind of take that route of, ‘Here we go,’ but it’s definitely hard to see. You want to see things go in the right direction, but you don’t want to take on the self-pity thing. You want to try to help do something to turn things around.
“That’s the hardest thing. We sit down every spring training and we talk about the same things and it’s almost like a little bit of ‘Groundhog Day.’ That definitely gets frustrating, you want to talk about why we’re succeeding, what we’ve done to help us get to the point of where we’re at, and we just haven’t done that.”
One can only imagine what effect these types of comments have on the Jays ownership. The guy is bang on. It always seems that things are one step forward, two steps back. As an athlete as dedicated as Halladay is, it must be brutal.
Don’t fret to soon Jays fans, Roy isn’t jumping ship just yet, but his intentions are clear…he wants to win:
“I don’t know if move on, but I want to play for a team that can win a World Series,” he said. “That’s the one thing I really want to accomplish in the rest of my time, is win a World Series. .
“I’ve got two years to decide (about his future). That’s still a ways off for me, but I definitely want to keep moving in the right direction and I hope we do in these next two years. I’d like to get something accomplished and then after that, readjust and see where we’re at.”
The ball is clearly in the Jays court to try and keep this guy around. With the second half about to start on the upswing it will be interesting to see what they do.