Before Thursday’s Opening Day game between the Blue Jays and Yankees, Toronto honored the late Roy Halladay by retiring his #32. They also eschewed the ceremonial first pitch in favor of his sons Braden and Ryan placing a ball on the mound, which was draped with a black circle featuring the #32.
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That’s enough to give you chills.
Halladay passed away in November following a plane crash off the coast of Florida. During his career, he spent 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, winning the 2003 AL Cy Young award and going 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA over those dozen seasons. He was a six-time All-Star with Toronto after being drafted 17th overall in the 1995 Draft.
He’s just the second player that the organization has honored by retiring his number, joining Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, whose #12 was retired in 2011, a week after his induction ceremony in Cooperstown.