Millions knew "Doc", few knew Roy.
Here’s a first look at Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story – Coming May 29th pic.twitter.com/GCbisfUJtS
— E60 (@E60) May 7, 2020
A couple of days ago, E60 tweeted out the video above announcing a new documentary. “Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story.” It is an in-depth look at the behind scenes of the pain and depression that Roy Halladay was going through during his time as a professional pitcher. Last month, an ESPN article stated the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report that claimed Halladay, “was doing extreme acrobatics and had high levels of amphetamines in his system when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into the Gulf of Mexico in 2017,” which resulted in his death. Roy Halladay was an 8x All-Star, 2x Cy Young Award winner, 2x Wins Leader and a first ballot Hall of Famer. And who could forget his no-hitter in the 2010 Postseason. In the video Halladay’s wife, Brandy, details how expectations of being “perfect” lead to addiction. The documentary features some players and ex-players such as A-Rod. It is set to air on May 29th. Definitely one you wouldn’t want to miss.
I have played baseball all my life but never really paid attention to it in detail. I’d watch the Sox with my dad trying to stay awake with him telling me, “Ya not sleeping on the couch, get to bed.” Outside of Boston, I didn’t care a great deal. I knew Roy Halladay though. I knew he was an absolute monster and one of the best pitchers during my High School years. Prime baseball years. Just one of those players that everyone knew and respected. It’s sad that mostly the ones we praise the most have the most demons. We acknowledge this every time but it never changed and Roy’s story is just the same.
In 2013, I was a freshman playing baseball and we got to travel down to Florida for Spring Training. We got to catch an MLB Spring Training game while down there, Nationals versus Phillies. I remember the day so vividly too. Perfect day to be at the ballpark. I forget the field, but it’s spring training field so things are a little laid back. You can also get pretty close to the bullpen and just kind of hang out.
So some teammates and I go over just watching people throw. I’m pretty sure this was the first year Papelbon went to Philly, so of course I had to see my boy. Get over there and I see the man, the myth, the legend, Roy Halladay. I was so hyped. Took a picture and the caption is even, “he’s like five feet from me.” Just absolutely fan girling. Texted my friends and dad. I will always remember that day and can’t wait to watch this documentary.
-Mike Yebba (Follow on Twitter @amikewithamic_)