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Roy Halladay passes on snake wrestling, intoxicating bark

Feb 21, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay isn’t generally known for his interesting interviews. However, his winter getaway fishing on the Amazon provided him with a couple of fun anecdotes today.

According to legend, Halladay, who went to Brazil with Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan, wrestled an anaconda in the river. That wasn’t exactly the case, though.

“I was not wrestling snakes,” he said. “I was nowhere near snakes. We were just driving back. We had been fishing all day and we were on the boat driving back. We happened to see a guy sitting on the shoreline without clothes. We couldn’t talk to him. The guides had to talk to him – they were speaking Portuguese. He had been attacked by a snake and escaped. But it had ripped the engine off his boat and left all his stuff out in the river. So we picked up his stuff, picked him up, and drove him back to his tribe I guess you would call it.”

And the reward for his good deed? Well, it seems he passed.

“They have native trees down there,” Halladay said. “The bark’s a little potent when you smoke it, and I think he was partaking of that. It was interesting.”

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Roy Halladay is a benevolent man. If he would have wrestled an anaconda, he would likely have made their entire species extinct. He chose to live at peace with nature.

  2. mdpickles - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Roy flashed HIS anaconda and that particular species went into hiding.

    • b7p19 - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM


  3. lostsok - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    He should have taken a laptop with Sat hookup. He could have played Madden against RA Dickey (who would, of course, be on Mt. Kilimanjaro). Epic!

    • sneschalmers - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      For some reason I love the idea of travelling to some of the most exotic locations in the world only to stay inside to play video games.

  4. griffnjnc - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Lol at the thought of Doc Halladay smoking DMT in the Amazon

  5. phillydano - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    who would win in a fight, roy halladay or chuck norris?

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Doc, obviously—if only because of the fact that Norris is about 95 years old or something.

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