Injuries

Roy Halladay apologizes to fans

In a classy move, the injured Roy Halladay summoned reporters before tonight’s game so that he could offer some conciliatory words to Phillies fans.

Below is a snippet of Roy’s comments.

I’ve been thinking just the last couple of days. I just felt like I should address the fans. I know there is a lot of mixed opinions on pitching, not pitching, all that kind of stuff. I know there are people who are disappointed about how I pitched the last two years. I know there are a lot of people who are very supportive.

So, one, I just wanted to thank them for their support. And my heart goes out to all of the people who spend all of their money and go out to the games and don’t get to see what they want to see. I know I’m not the whole team. There are still a lot of guys out there and it’s a fun team to watch. But I feel bad that I’m missing the time that I am. I feel bad for the fans that I’m missing the time.

It’s tough. You feel an obligation to the organization, to your teammates, to the fans to try to go out and pitch. Especially on a competitive team that sells out. For me, that was a big factor. If I’m playing for a last-place team and there’s things going on, you maybe speak up. But we have a chance to go win a World Series and we have sellouts and fans have expectations. You want to do everything you can to try to make it work.

Really, that was a lot of the reason I tried to keep going. Like I said, I never really felt the pain. I just wanted to reach out to the fans, thank them for their support and apologize to the ones who pay the money and show up in the second inning and it’s 9-0. I apologize to the fans that I won’t be out there for three months.

I don’t feel like I have to apologize to the team because I think they know. I just want the fans to know that I’m thinking about them. I don’t take that for granted. I don’t take playing for Philadelphia for granted.

You can read the full transcript at Ryan Lawerence’s Daily News article.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. pamikedc

    May 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    The Complete professional. The game and every sport needs someone like him. A non complaining workhorse. That’s not a cry baby.

    Doc will always be one of my all time favs

    • LimeTime

      May 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Amen, brother.

    • Manny

      May 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Ditto!

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      May 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Kudos! Reminds me of the old timers way of playing.

  2. LimeTime

    May 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I really don’t like where we stand, and certainly **partially** blame the early momentum killer that was Doc H. However, this is a super classy move, and I really feel for him. Classy move Doc H. I really do hope you stick around for 2013, and get better.

  3. Jay

    May 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Roy Halladay is one of the classiest players this city will ever see. He understands this complex fan base in only a few years. Most players still do not get it. I am not a critical fan but know a few of them. These comments are all those fans need to move on. A little compassion for those who spend more money then they can afford to support this team.

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