Fans, Friends, Teammates Celebrate Roy Halladay's Life

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The Cards won the World Series and the two pals took their fishing trip to the Amazon, where at one point Halladay initiated a unsafe dip into the muddy waters of the world's longest, most risky river teeming with piranhas and other critters.

"When my parents weren't in town and my wife wasn't in town to cook for me, I would go buy Popeyes chicken and Doc used to hate me eating Popeyes chicken, like 'Oh, man, you're going to kill yourself eating all this fried food, '" said Hudson.

The eight-time All-star and two-time Cy Young Award winning major league all-star pitcher died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off of the coast of Florida last week. Ruiz choked up as he recalled the story Tuesday evening at Spectrum Field, where Halladay's family and friends had a "Celebration of Life" service for the former Phillies and Blue Jays ace.

"The other thing I'd like to say is that he's been a showman his whole life".

A pair of pictures adorned the infield during the memorial, just behind the pitching mound, one of Halladay in a Phillies uniform and another in the blue and white of the Jays, with the numbers he wore with both teams — 34 and 32 — staged in a floral arrangement.

They married and shared his journey to stardom, winning 203 games, those two Cy Youngs and at least serious discussion about the Hall of Fame, and having two sons, Braden, now 17, and Ryan, 13, who flanked their mom in the front row Tuesday.

"That was probably the hardest part", Utley said. "I jumped in, and before I even hit the water I was already doggy-paddling in the air trying to get back out". You try to keep it together. "Baseball is a humbling sport, he said, 'This game is going to humble you, but at the same time, you know how in every single way to play the game, you know how to compete". It was definitely emotional. Me and Roy have many stories, I talked so much trash to Roy.

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Ibanez drove up from Miami to attend the service.

Halladay joined the Phillies that offseason, and Manuel became increasingly impressed with his work ethic and fierce competitiveness. "I don't know how to be me without him", she said in the final minutes of her speech. "I didnt know how big my heart was until I felt the amount of hurt in it with him gone".

As Aaron Hill, one of several former Blue Jays teammates in attendance, put it afterwards, "It was so nice to hear some of the words today and what he meant to so many people". I looked at him and said, ‘Youre freaking nuts. Who do we know that can ever say that? "Now, what do I talk to Doc about at Bob Evans?'" I looked back up there and Doc is there with his glove and ball in hand.

"That was who he was as a competitor. I beat him. So as you all know Roy Halladay does not like to lose, so the very next night, date two, we played pool again". He was a pilot.

They went on an offseason fishing trip to Brazil, and after Carpenter had to make mention of the hit he got off Halladay in Game 5, they didnt talk any more baseball. Everyone got a good laugh, but the prank was just beginning, as when the players returned to the clubhouse, a full wedding reception had been set up by a professional catering company in the dining room to celebrate. "He was not a one-dimensional man". We're sweating like insane and we can say that we swam in the Amazon River.

"I thought he was going to tell me to get lost, rookie whatever, but he said, 'Yeah". It hit me that Brandy [Halladay] doesn't have this anymore.

"He wouldnt ask me for my phone number so I gave it to him", Brandy said.

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