Now, I really wish he was back. Too sad.
I don’t follow celebrity news with any enthusiasm. Yes, I know that Kim Kardashian is expecting her first child courtesy of Kanye West. I know that Jennifer Aniston recently got married. I know that Lindsay Lohan is getting locked up.
However, I don’t really care about celebrity’s lives. I love movies and beyond that, I don’t really care what the celebrities are doing.
However, I am obsessed with Roy Halladay. And it is to an odd level for a normal responsible working family man.
Do you know who Roy Hallday is? Let me tell you. By the way, he is nicknamed Doc. So, let’s call him that here.
Doc is a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was arguably the best pitcher in baseball for nearly a decade. Then last year, things went awry. Doc got hurt – a lat injury. I don’t know exactly what that is, but I know it involves his prized right arm and shoulder.
Doc’s statistics last year were pedestrian. He was no longer dominant and whispers about advanced age and deterioration set in. The injury kept him out during the middle of the year and at no point did he look like the Doc of the past.
Would he ever be the same? Well, Doc’s off season regimen is legendary as is his mental toughness. So, when Spring Training opened, there was hope.
Let me give you a little more background and keep you in suspense regarding Doc’s performance this offseason.
The Phillies have been a highly successful team for the past few years including the first two when Doc was a member of the team. Last year, however they were the very definition of middling with a record of 81-81.
Now, the Phillies were missing other star players due to injury, but I think Doc’s was the most detrimental. Before and after (the other stars, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, also returned) he went on the disabled list, the Phillies were an above .500 team. So, even a mediocre Doc inspired his team.
Spring Training started off well for Doc. He was strong in his first start. His performance in his second Spring Training game left something to be desired.
Then came the third game – an unmitigated disaster. Now, Doc and the coaches came up with reasons and said wait till his next start. So, along with the rest of Phillies nation, I waited trying not to hit the panic button.
Doc’s most recent game was yesterday, and I was amped up. I was ready to follow Doc’s progress and scrutinize every little movement. The first inning was neither spectacular nor horrendous. Okay. When the second inning came around, Doc did not return to the mound. Huh? What? I was bewildered. I was smashing the buttons on my computer as fast as I could in search of news. Where was Doc? What was going on?
He’s sick? A stomach virus? No way. I could not believe it. I was sure it was a conspiracy theory. However, after reading 30 or so articles about Doc on every sports website, it seems that the sickness was indeed real. What a letdown! Now, he won’t pitch till Friday or Saturday depending upon his return to health.
So, for a few more days I will put my life on hold. Or at least on pause. I will continue to go to work, make dinner for my children, and talk to my wife. Hey, I do have some perspective.
However, I will also be wondering what is going on with Doc. If you have a moment, join me in a prayer for Doc Halladay. He should return to full health and lead the Phillies to a World Series.
I know I need help. But please for now, don’t judge me.