The year was 2010 and the Cincinnati Reds made it to the postseason for the first time since 2010. An NL Central title and a Jay Bruce walk off to clinch the Central had Reds fans riding an all-time high. The Queen City was abuzz with excitement.
Only there was one problem waiting for the Reds that they weren’t prepared for. A buzzsaw in the shape of Roy Halladay and at the time the mighty Philadelphia Phillies awaited them in the NLDS.
In his first postseason start, Roy Halladay took the mound at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and never looked back. The veteran tossed a no-hitter silencing the Reds and killing any excitement everyone back on the Ohio had. Halladay became only the second pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter in the postseason, only to be outdone by Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956.
One walk to Jay Bruce in the 5th inning kept Halladay from his second perfect game of the season. An unfathomable accomplishment which isn’t to say a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season is anything to scoff at. Halladay was a man among boys, a pitcher who everyone said: “imagine if he made the postseason?” Well, we finally saw him make the postseason and he showed the world exactly what we knew would happen.
It was one of those moments as a fan where you’re angry but in awe. Even now in 2017 you watch the video of that game and can only appreciate the greatness we all witnessed that night. We saw a man empty a career’s worth of frustration and it was incredible.
November 7th, 2017 Roy Halladay’s private plane was spotted off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, Roy Halladay passed away on that plane. A month after tweeting pictures of himself next to his new aircraft. According to reports, he was the only passenger on the plane. Halladay was a hell of a pitcher, a great person, and a father.
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