Roy Halladay, Perfect In Retirement
Former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, who retired after the 2013 season, showed why he’s so adored by baseball fans everywhere on Monday
Written by Jake Elman
After having watched the good doctor for so many years, especially when he pitched in Toronto as the ace of the Blue Jays, it’s still odd to think about the fact that two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay is in the midst of his second year of retirement.
Halladay, who retired in December 2013 due to back issues, has remained quiet and out of the public eye since ending his career, but that was to be expected; after all, this is the same pitcher who would go into complete isolation mode when he’d be pitching. Sure, Halladay is learning how to fly and working as a guest instructor with both the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, but we haven’t heard his name much since he called it quits.
But, Halladay, whether he intended to or not, made a slight appearance back in the limelight on Monday with this tweet on his verified Twitter account.
Alex, do you need some ice for that burn? Let’s see the reaction from Mr. Rodriguez, all the way from Yankees camp.
I know I’ve been somewhat outspoken about people just letting Alex Rodriguez play and all, but I’m also someone that can acknowledge a good joke when I see one. This had perfect execution — like a Roy Halladay pitch, I might add — and wasn’t too far over the line for it not to be funny.
Besides, Rodriguez was actually pretty solid against Halladay, hitting .299/.349/.429 in 77 at-bats against the Doc. Now, Halladay, who has over 43,000 followers, actually made light of this fact in a follow up tweet.
Now, I’m actually somewhat interested to see if more athletes, especially baseball players, follow in Halladay’s footsteps when it comes to making Alex Rodriguez jokes. They’re overdone, yes, but in this day and age with social media, I can’t say I’d be too surprised if another baseball player or two made an A-Rod joke on Twitter. At this point, it’s become almost second nature to mock the almost 40 year old Yankees slugger.
Knowing that, Halladay, who pitched both a perfect game and a no-hitter in 2010, took advantage and made it work. Now, because Halladay’s retired (most likely for good, seeing as he’s having so much fun in retirement), some have already begun discussing his Hall of Fame credentials and if he’ll end up in Cooperstown. Personally, I’m unsure at this moment about him being a Hall of Famer, but he’s earned a spot in the Joke Hall of Fame for 2015 with this tweet.
Do you think Roy Halladay is a Hall of Famer? How funny did you find his joke? If you want to chime in on the conversation further, you can tweet me at @JakeElman.