Everyone who loves baseball wants to attend, watch, listen to, or play in just one more game. Hope allows us to believe that youth is always somewhere inside.
Some people need time to accept the truth. Philadelphia Phillies‘ pitcher Roy Halladay and many of his fans came to understand this aspect of life against the Miami Marlins on May 5, 2013. After ‘Doc’ surrendered nine earned runs in 2.33 innings against Miami’s claimed major league lineup, he revealed that his shoulder has been bothering him for awhile.
Personality types are varied within the human condition. So, it’s easy to understand why highly competitive athletes won’t instantly admit surrender when their physical talents begin to wane.
Personality types are varied among those who adopt baseball as their quasi-religion as well. These individuals generally see the men on the field as images of who they wanted, or still want, to be.
It would have been premature to state that Halladay’s career was in decline last spring, because a pattern of evidence hadn’t yet been created. But, numerous red-faced outings, a lengthy trip to the disabled list and a mixed 2012 line on his baseball card collectively foreshadowed what has come to pass this year.
We aren’t living in the age of Cy Young, who threw 7,356 innings in his career. We don’t see men like Steve Carlton climb the mound for 5,217.67 frames nowadays either. Those great pitchers worked well past their fortieth birthdays during different baseball eras.
Halladay turns 36 on May 14. He has thrown 2,721.67 regular season innings during a 16-season career.
Whatever his pending medical examination reveals later this week, or with however anyone feels, the man is only human. Under modern baseball realities and with more than a year’s worth of factual evidence now available, all reasonable minds have concluded that he’s not who he used to be.
Arriving where others have been standing isn’t anything to be ashamed of. ‘Doc’ might not be completely done, but everyone must now admit that he’s been pitching at reduced capacity for awhile.