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Roy Halladay places ad in Daily News thanking Philadelphia fans

Dec 9, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

Roy Halladay retired from the game of baseball this afternoon in an emotional press conference after signing a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. But Halladay wanted to make it very clear that he was extremely thankful for his time in Philadelphia and that he will always fondly remember the playoff runs he and his Phillies teammates made. He called Philadelphia “the icing on the cake for me.”

The love for Philly fans didn’t stop there as beat writer Ryan Lawrence shared the ad that Roy placed in the Daily News tomorrow.

It reads:

A heartfelt thanks to Philadelphia

To the City of Philadelphia, and Phillies fans everywhere:

My family and I want to thank you for four amazing years. We have so many great memories of our time with the Phillies, on and off the field, and we will cherish those always. We want to also express our appreciation to my teammates and the wonderful people of the Phillies organization, especially Ruben Amaro and David Montgomery, for all they have done for us. And to the fans, thank you for always making us feel welcome here and for all your incredible support at Citizens Bank Park.

Roy Halladay

There’s an image of Doc with his lovable batterymate Chooch in celebration.

  1. Franchise - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Class act through and through

  2. BenE. - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    The Doctor Is Out.

  3. willh888 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Roy Halladay will not sail off into the sunset. He walks

  4. sw - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    One of the classiest guys to ever play for the Phillies. A part of me is glad he’s retiring though. It was really hard watching him struggle the last 2 years.

    I’ll miss ya Roy, good luck.

  5. Trisha T - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    It’s been a priviledge, pleasure & our honor to have been able to witness such an incredibly hard working player.
    A perfect example of how the game should be played & on top of it all – a class act. Thank YOU ROY! You will be missed. Enjoy your next “adventure”.

    • Bill L - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Could not have said it any better. Good job, Trisha T…

  6. Robert Matthews - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Thank you Mr. Halladay sir for a hall of fame career and for being a hall of fame person off the field as well. See you in Cooperstown. :)

  7. charles murphy - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    what a shame its sad to see the doc retire “ALL THE BEST TO YOU DOC” GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  8. Jason R. - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I’d rather have an explanation on the pitch sequence to Cody Ross and Buster Posey in the 2010 NLDS, but this is nice too.

    • Matt S. - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      I mean if you’re actually gonna nit pick from that series (NLCS btw) what about the gem he put together in game 5 to save the season when he clearly didn’t have his best stuff. Halladay had nothing to do with losing that series.

      • Jason R. - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        You’re right about the nlcs, my bad.

        I’m just confused by how a guy who threw a no-no then a brulliant game five of the nlcs made such a bad mistake to Cody effing Ross TWICE. Fool me once. And saying that “he had nothing to do with losing the series”, when those HRs were his fault and the reason they lost game one of the NLCS at home, is not entirely true.

        And I was thinking of the wrong Roy that got beat on a bad pitch sequence to Posey, that was Oswalt, now that I think about it, that double down the line.

      • Jason R. - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        I bet if you asked him he’d tell you it keeps him awake at night, he’s too much of a competitor for it not to haunt him.

    • dakotaandotter - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Jason, that has to be the worst comment of the day!

  9. CantStanzaYa - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Philly thanks you Roy. You will be missed.

  10. Chris - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Rube probably called him up frantically like, “Wait! I’ve got a 3-year contract I want to tender you!”

  11. Chucky - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Seeing photos of the snow at CBP won’t be the same without Halladay’s footprints out there.

  12. Helen - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Thank you Roy for all your hard work. It was really good to watch him each time he pitched. Wishing you and your family the best. See you in Cooperstown.

  13. steve wilson - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    But..he still retired a Blue Jay…a slap in Phillys face…think of all the millions he took from here

    • Chris - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      dude that’s kinda like saying BDawk retiring an Eagle was a slap in Denver’s face…

  14. trishb - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Chris, that reply to Steve was a brilliant analogy. Thank you, and all thanks to Doc, I can’t wait to see him in Cooperstown and, I bet he will gracefully acknowledge both teams on his induction as he did on his retirement. Better than watching Lefty at the end. A gracious and dignified exit. All the more reason to give the man the respect he deserves.


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