Jimmy Rollins remembers knowing Roy Halladay was 'someone special'

Jimmy Rollins remembers knowing Roy Halladay was 'someone special'

It's been a tough week for Phillies fans with the loss of legendary pitcher and all-around great human Roy Halladay.

But the Philadelphia baseball community has come together to share their remembrances of Doc to help ease the pain and celebrate his life. From Chase Utley to Flyers players to writers who covered him so closely, there have been many beautiful thoughts shared on Halladay's life.

Some people take longer than others to put their feelings into words. Roy's teammate and longtime Phillie Jimmy Rollins posted his own thoughts on Doc to Instagram on Friday along with a celebratory image. 

I remember the first time meeting Roy...not the guy in a uniform but the man in a Nike shirt, shorts n flip flops on our annual Nike baseball trips and thinking to myself how much I’d love to play with that guy! How many championships would we win if we had a guy like Roy taking the mound every 5 days?!! Then thinking shoot I’ll go play for his team because I want to see what it is that makes him so great! I didn’t fulfill my end of the bargain by winning a championship while sharing the same uniform as Doc but seeing the joy on his face while popping bottles is a memory that endures forever! All that have met, played, laughed, spoke, ate, had a drink or did anything under the sun with Roy realized at some point in that moment that u were in the presence of something...someone SPECIAL!! #RipDoc#foreveryoung

I remember the first time meeting Roy...not the guy in a uniform but the man in a Nike shirt, shorts n flip flops on our annual Nike baseball trips and thinking to myself how much I’d love to play with that guy! How many championships would we win if we had a guy like Roy taking the mound every 5 days?!! Then thinking shoot I’ll go play for his team because I want to see what it is that makes him so great! I didn’t fulfill my end of the bargain by winning a championship while sharing the same uniform as Doc but seeing the joy on his face while popping bottles is a memory that endures forever! All that have met, played, laughed, spoke, ate, had a drink or did anything under the sun with Roy realized at some point in that moment that u were in the presence of something...someone SPECIAL!! #RipDoc #foreveryoung

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Halladay's family also released a statement and will be holding a celebration of his life on November 14 down in Clearwater.

Someone actually tried to steal from Roy Halladay memorial outside CBP

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Someone actually tried to steal from Roy Halladay memorial outside CBP

Really?

Stealing from the site of a memorial?

That actually happened outside Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark, a person tried snatching a jersey from the tribute for Roy Halladay.

The key word here is triedPolice told NBC 10 Philadelphia that an officer assigned to the K9 Unit chased down the culprit, a male, and arrested him.

From the NBC 10 Philadelphia article:

Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp said the man may not face a theft charge, however. Since police do not know who owns the jersey, they're not able to charge him with that crime.

Officers issued the man a disorderly conduct summons and sent him on his way, Gripp said.

Phillies fans have started and built a beautiful scene outside the ballpark commemorating the beloved Halladay, who died tragically on Tuesday in a plane crash.

Insensitive radio host apologizes, says mocking Halladay's death was 'low-class'

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Insensitive radio host apologizes, says mocking Halladay's death was 'low-class'

Boston sports talk radio host Michael Felger found himself in the news for being incredibly insensitive to the death of former Phillies ace Roy Halladay in an airplane crash on Tuesday.

Felger said insensitive thing after insensitive thing on 98.5 The Sports Hub yesterday and even included sound effects for some odd attempt at ... I really have no idea what.

It's hard to listen to.

Both Deadspin and Awful Announcing transcribed much of his ramblings, which included Felger calling Halladay a "moron" as well as adding he had "no sympathy" for the deceased baseball star.

"He got what he deserved," Felger said at one point.

His comments received incredible backlash from all humans with a sense of decency.

I'm not against people having legitimate, thoughtful debate about the safety of flying personal aircrafts or even asking if it's a responsible thing for a parent to do, but mocking a man who died within the last few hours and calling him names — let alone saying he "got what he deserved" — is pure evil.

The cause of Halladay's crash isn't even known yet. The NTSB announced on Wednesday that a full investigation of the incident is underway. 

Felger opened his 2 p.m. show today by commenting on his behavior from yesterday.

"In a nutshell, I would say I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels. I feel bad about what I said and how I conducted myself," Felger said. "To say it was insensitive or over the top is stating the obvious."

"I could come in and say, 'I apologize if I offended anyone,' but that's fake and hollow everyone hates that. The only folks I really want to extend that to are the loved ones of Halladay. They're the ones who are dealing with enough right now not to have me come over the top and do what I did yesterday. Sorry doesn't do it justice as it relates to them. That's going to stick with me a while as it relates to them.

"I meant part of what I said yesterday and a lot of what I said was just dumb hyperbole. There was stuff I did mean, but the presentation, the tone, and the hyperbole was just low-class, bad, not good. I don't feel good about it. I regret my conduct yesterday."

"The tone and the hysterics were really uncalled for."

Felger also attempted to clarify that the "he got what he deserved" line that drew such outrage was not actually in reference to Halladay, but instead to a hypothetical about if Felger himself were to die in a helicopter accident. You can take him at his word or listen to the audio and judge for yourself.