Episode 6 – Perfection
May 29th, 2010. 11 year old me is enjoying the sun of a sticking spiring day that will conclude with a Phils game at night. On this particular night, I was pumped to watch the boys from the city of brotherly love compete as one of my favorites pitchers was scheduled to toe the rubber; Roy Halladay.
Halladay, who was traded to the Phillies in December of 2009, instantly became a fan favorite. I bought his shjersey, a shirt that said “Doc is in town” and was enthralled with every start the future HOFer made.
During this night, the Phils were in Miami to play a putrid Marlins team. I never liked when the Phils made the trip down south because the Marlins stadium was such a dump that it became extremely unenjoyable to watch a ballgame. But Doc was on the mound, so I would live.
As the game began, it was clear to see that Halladay was locked in. His cutter was heavier than the Miami air that night and the hard-throwing righty was mowing down fish left and right. I remember sitting in my parent’s room and telling my dad “Doc’s got it working tonight!”
As the later innings went on, Halladay began to close in on a historic feat. He had not yet allowed a base runner to reach and before you could blink, he was three outs away from completing the 20th perfect game in major league history.
The Marlins sent 3 pinch hitters to the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning. Halladay was not phased by this gesture in the slightest. He retired the pinch hitters in order and became…..perfect.
YES! I screamed. I jumped into my dad’s arm and celebrated like I was a part of the Phillies team itself. I had seen perfect games before, but never in this capacity. This was MY guy and in a weird way, it felt like I was a part of history.
Happy anniversary Doc. We Love and miss you more than you will ever know.