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Roy Halladay cheered up Matt Harvey

Aug 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

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The biggest takeaway from this article is that it was awful cool of Roy Halladay to take the time to give Matt Harvey a pep talk about his recent injury. About having one of the greatest of his generation tell a kid not to worry, buck up and everything will be OK. That’s class, right there.

But two small takeaways:

  • If Roy Halladay were a character in a disaster movie, it is 100% certain he would be the steely-eyed old timer who told the heroes that there was no hope, all is doomed and that they had best just prepare for their deaths like he has, calmly, and with a cool resolve. He’s not a worrier, he’s just seen it all and is realistic and he doesn’t have time for your damn fool optimism; and
  • I hope Halladay’s pep talk left out the part about how, after surgery, it’s possible that your once-dominant fastball may find itself struggling to reach the high 80s.

I mean, not trying to be a downer, but injuries can suck, man.

  1. alexo0 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Movie Roy might be an old timer today, but back in the day he got it done:

  2. flyinhighwithvick - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    —I hope Halladay’s pep talk left out the part about how, after surgery, it’s possible that your once-dominant fastball may find itself struggling to reach the high 80s.—

    He is, after all, 36 years old. And even at 36, I’d still take him over any Braves starter.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Really? You’d take the guy with the 5.17 ERA over the past two years who has clearly been compromised by injury over anybody on the rotation with the fifth-best ERA and fourth-best park-adjusted ERA in the NL?

      • chadjones27 - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        He’s gotta be a Philly phan. I think it was a bad attempt at cheering for Doc and poking fun at the Braves.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Roy Halladay: The anti hug.

    All class all the way.

  4. thebadguyswon - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    @flyinhigh.

    Exactly. Cant wait to see the ATL get bounced on their ear. Again.

  5. frank35sox - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Takeaway No. 3: If the article says Craig Calcaterra, don’t even bother.

    • leerosenthall - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      And yet you took the time to post. /gianteyeroll

  6. leerosenthall - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Am I the only person who, after hearing Doc’s story, is now worried that he’s just one pitch away from needing TJ surgery himself?

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