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Watching Roy Halladay Discuss His Performance These Days Is Tough

Sep 13, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

lost… collapsing… frustrating… really looking forward to pitching today… disappeared… make things work… tough… hard time…

Those are all words Roy Halladay used last night when discussing his struggles in the Phillies 10-5 win over the Padres.

And if you watch the way Roy talks in the above video, it’s strangely painful. Like his most amazing gift is drifting away but still maaaybe within reach. He juuuust can’t get it.

He also admits that Philly is a tough place to try and find one’s mojo again. From Marc Narducci of the Inquirer (via):

“Philly is not an easy place to do that, you guys are pretty tough,” he said to the assembled reporters. “You have to be pretty mentally strong to block that out and go out there with confidence every time and trust.”

He said he feels good but did point to losing his lower half in the fifth inning which maybe could point to needing more work. But I don’t know, does anybody work harder than Halladay?

I wouldn’t bet against him. But it is looking like the odds keep getting longer on Roy Halladay ever finding the old Doc. And it’s a situation that simply isn’t very fun to watch.

  1. Simmonds17 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    So, it’s the media’s fault that Halladay can’t throw strikes? Ugh.
    Look, the first thing I have to say to Roy Halladay as his 4th season as a Phillie nears the end is simply “thank you for coming here and trying to help the franchise win another world title.” Doc will always be remembered fondly as an excellent Phillie who gave us many good memories.
    And I certainly don’t blame Doc for his sharp decline – he was used heavily for many years and was due to give out. I wish it didn’t have to be so soon after the Phillies got him but they got him at age 33 and those are the risks. We got two great seasons, a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter, a half-decent season in 2012 and an honest effort this year.
    But he looks like he still is not healthy and has next to nothing left.
    If Doc wants a cheerleading media contingent, he should look to continue his career elsewhere – that’s not what the Philadelphia media do, nor do I want them to. The Phillies have be very careful with the remaining payroll room they have for next season, and right now, sadly, I don’t think there’s any way they can count on Doc for 2014.

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  2. willh888 - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Not an easy place indeed. Where else can you go and walk the bases loaded a few times and let up about 5 runs and not even make it out of the 5th inning and still get a standing ovation. Oh, last night at Citizens Bank Park.

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  3. Hiccup - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Roy needs to become a Jamie Moyer type pitcher; he needs to reinvent himself and change his m.o. He should be able to do it with his work ethic and determination. At the least he might work out in the bullpen. The question is for what team? With the pieces we have now both on the mound and on the field, how could it be any worse if we kept him here?

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