Well, we’re finally, finally done. We’ve gone through Opening Day, when Phillies Nation, along with Roy Halladay, rocked Nationals Stadium in D.C. We’ve passed along our stories on the perfect game, the Oswalt trade, an incredible J-Roll walk off, and another division title. We’ve presented to you the best moments from the postseason: the Fistpump, Oswalt running through the stop sign, and the “Groin Game.” But this is #1.
Roy Halladay’s playoff no-hitter is the #1 Moment of 2010, according to the contributors here at Phillies Nation. Beating out the perfect game by one measly vote – which seemingly was because of the postseason importance over the PG – Doc’s no-hitter was an amazing display of guts, guile, and confidence. Only one other person in MLB postseason history was able to do what Halladay did against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS.
I was there. Lucky enough to witness the special moment from the press box – my first season and playoffs as a media member. Even that couldn’t stop my heart from thumping, my pulse from pounding as the ninth inning began. If someone had nails left in the building, they either had no rooting interest in the game or had fake nails. Even the vast array of writers, reporters, and whomever else they let in the box, were buzzing. I recall smiling to myself after out number one, like ‘is this actually happening?” It was. And it did.
It’s a moment, a game, a day I won’t soon forget. I was there. I was lucky. I got to witness Roy Halladay re-write the history books.
Here are a few videos from that historic evening that I shot with my trusty flip cam. I defy you to keep from getting chills. Impossible:
The final out, from my point of view:
Roy Halladay after the no-hitter:
Charlie Manuel after the game:
Dusty Baker on witnessing history: