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David Montgomery and John Middleton share memories of Roy Halladay

David Montgomery and John Middleton share memories of Roy Halladay

A great dad, teammate and pitcher was lost Tuesday.

The baseball community is mourning the loss of 16-year veteran Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico at the age of 40 (see story).

Across Major League Baseball, players shared their feelings about the former Blue Jays and Phillies star (see story).

Phillies managing partner John Middleton and chairman David Montgomery also talked about their memories of Halladay during his four years in Philadelphia, painting a picture of a selfless, diligent man.

Montgomery on the widespread impact of Halladay's death
“This is his family’s loss first but it is the Phillies' and baseball’s loss as well. All-Star pitcher, All-Star person and All-Star father and family man we lost today.”

Halladay was the father to two children, Ryan and Braden, with his wife, Brandy (see story). He enjoyed bringing his kids to the ballpark in the later stages of his tenure with the Phillies (see story)

Montgomery on Halladay the teammate
"It didn’t take long to prove his worth [in 2010], obviously. I have been hanging around here a long time, those two years of pitching (2010-11) were almost beyond description. It reminds me of one other thing when you mention team. Following that perfect game, he agonized over how to include his teammates in the perfect game. The reality is, it was Roy’s statement that it wasn’t about me and it was about us and what we accomplish and not what one accomplishes.”

Halladay often praised his catcher, Carlos Ruiz, for calling great games, especially following Halladay's perfect game against the Marlins on May 29, 2010, and his no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 6, 2010 against the Reds.

Middleton on Halladay the teammate
"What people remember about Roy is what a great human being he was. Great husband, great father, great friend, and ultimately a great teammate. But he was a great teammate because he was a great person."

Halladay dedicated himself to charity work off the field, including hunger relief and animal rescue organizations. In September, he traveled to Alabama to save two puppies whose ears were cut off.

Many of Halladay's former teammates remembered "Doc" on social media following the news of his death (see story)

Montgomery on Halladay's humility and work ethic
“I’ll never forget Kyle Kendrick saying to me if I knew how early Roy got here. As a result of that, he set the bar not by saying this is what you have to do but this is what you should do. In many ways, maybe his humility came from the fact that he went down to the minors after early success. Oftentimes, we say in this game that you learn how to succeed by failing and coming back from that. Maybe that is why he spent so much time with Harvey Dorfman thinking about the mental aspects of the game. Physical talent is one thing, but believing in yourself and having confidence takes you to the next level.”

Dorfman, the late sports psychologist, was an invaluable resource for Halladay, who credited Dorfman's counseling with resurrecting his career.

Middleton's message to Phillies fans
“I think you should remember that Roy was, first and foremost, a great human being, and he dedicated his life to doing the best he could for his family and his friends and his profession. And just be grateful for every moment you have, because you never know when it’s going to be taken away from you.”

Phillies raise $656,500 at Phillies Phestival in fight to strike out ALS

Phillies raise $656,500 at Phillies Phestival in fight to strike out ALS

The Phillies continued the fight to strike out ALS, raising $656,500 at the annual Phillies Phestival on Thursday.

The money raised will go to funding research, patient care and health services for those with the disease in the Greater Philadelphia area.

The Phillies have donated more than $17 million to fight the disease in the area since the event started in 1984.

"Tonight's Phillies Phestival was about making a difference for those suffering from ALS," Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement released by the team. "We are extremely thankful to the countless fans and sponsors, as well as players, day of game employees and front office staff, who continuously show tremendous support for this cause."

Thousands of fans flooded the stadium to get autographs and pictures with members of the team, participate in various auctions around Citizens Bank Park, throw in the bullpen and even pose with the World Series trophy.

"This year marks the 40th anniversary of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and nobody has been by our side more during these four decades than the Philadelphia Phillies," Ellyn Phillips, the chapter president, said. "Just like ALS care, the Phillies Phestival is a total team effort with everybody doing their part. ALS families throughout the region and beyond are forever grateful to the Phillies organization for always going the extra mile to strike out ALS."

David Montgomery on Dallas Green: 'There are few people more synonymous with the Phillies'

David Montgomery on Dallas Green: 'There are few people more synonymous with the Phillies'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- David Montgomery had a few tears in his eyes as he spoke about Dallas Green on Wednesday.

Everyone did.

"There are very few people who were more synonymous with the Phillies than Dallas," said Montgomery, who joined the Phillies ticket office in 1971 and rose to become club president, part owner and now chairman.

"For me, growing up watching this guy pitch, and then the first time you meet him, I mean, what a presence. There's no other way to describe it. He filled the room with his presence.

"I can remember people coming back from spring training in '71, and I'm working in the ticket office, then all of a sudden you meet Dallas Green. You have to step back a little bit when you meet Dallas Green -- his size and his personality and his voice. What a thrill. And you know what? That never died."

Green, who managed the Phillies to their first World Series title in 1980, died Wednesday after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 82 (see story).

After his playing career ended, Green, an imposing man of 6-foot-5 with a square jaw, wide shoulders and booming voice, joined the Phillies player development staff and in the early 1970s helped groom one of the best collections of talent the organization has ever known. When that group of talent couldn't get over the hump and win a World Series, Green was asked by general manager Paul Owens to become manager late in the 1979 season. Owens thought that team had grown complacent and needed Green's tough, demanding in-your-face style.

"I was a contemporary of some of the players. I knew some of them," Montgomery said. "They asked, 'Why do we have this guy? We like Danny (Ozark).'

"But it turned out that Dallas was what some of them needed. We owe 1980 to that.

"I think Dallas enjoyed his size and his presence to back people away. But when you get to the core of the man, he was a lot more loveable."

Green left the Phillies in 1982. He ran the Chicago Cubs and later managed the Yankees and Mets before finding his way back to Philadelphia as a front-office man.

Forty-six of his 62 years in pro ball were spent with the Phillies.

"Thankfully he came back to us," Montgomery said. "We had the pleasure of being with him for the last 20 years."