There has never been a pitcher in Major League Baseball history that deserves a shot at taking the mound in the postseason more than Roy Hallday. For years, Halladay was one of the best arms in the American League. As luck would have it, he was stuck pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Jays have not been to the playoffs since 1993. The last time they were there, they went on to win a title by defeating — get this — the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. For almost 20 years, Toronto has been stuck behind the Red Sox, Yankees, and more recently the Rays. They’re a franchise that just hasn’t managed to get back on track since winning back-to-back titles in the early 90s.
Yet, Halladay never complained. Anyone who knows anything about baseball saw a perennial Cy Young contender wasting away in a city where baseball fans have become an endangered species. All Toronto’s ace did during his 12-year stay was take the mound and pitch. More often than not, he did his job better than any other starter in the AL during that tenure.