Shortly after Sunday afternoon's Phillies-Pirates game went into a rain delay, Brandy Halladay took the podium at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.
It was a perfectly timed rain delay, allowing us to all commemorate the late Roy Halladay, who joined Baseball Royalty along with Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith.
Brandy, Halladay's widow, gave a beautiful speech full of love, gratitude and thanks.
Halladay, who died tragically in a plane crash in November 2017 at the age of 40, was an imposingly dominant pitcher known for his work ethic and dedication to the game. He won the 2003 AL Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays and the 2010 NL Cy Young Award with the Phillies. In Philadelphia, no one will ever forget the perfect game and playoff no-hitter.
For Brandy and her two sons Braden and Ryan, they will never forget the memories and support.
Below are portions of Brandy's touching message — which was broadcast on MLB Network and can be watched in the video above — along with social media reaction from the day.
To both of the teams that we were blessed to be a part of — the Blue Jays and the Phillies. Thank you for allowing us to grow up, to fail over and over and finally learn how to succeed within your organizations. There were some really amazing years but there were some really tough ones, too, and you never gave up on him.
More than anything, he would want both organizations to know that they hold a huge place in our heart and always will. Evidence of their love for us and our love for them, as well, was shown all week as they came together as one to celebrate Roy — and that means the world to me. To both organizations, I can't thank you enough.
I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect. We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people can still have perfect moments. Roy was blessed in his life and in his career to have some perfect moments, but I believe that they were only possible because of the man he strived to be, the teammate that he was and the people that he was so blessed to be on the field with.
An amazing speech by Brandy Halladay. ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/4qGesY5PvE— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2019
Brandy Halladay very emotional speaking for Roy Halladay’s Hall of Fame induction— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 21, 2019
“This is not my speech to give. I am going to do my best to give the speech that Roy would have given if he was here”#Phillies pic.twitter.com/QA1IL3nmFK
Today, Roy Halladay will be enshrined forever. pic.twitter.com/Yl9ystyhOR— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 21, 2019
An elite career that will be remembered forever.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 21, 2019
Thank you, Doc. pic.twitter.com/TvPtfr4E3s
Here is more on Halladay, courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury:
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