When it was announced Tuesday afternoon that former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash, the entire sports world went into a state of mourning.
Halladay was just 40-years-old when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Halladay spent just just four seasons in Philadelphia, but he’s one of the more beloved figures in recent Phillies history and spent time in his post-playing career as a special instructor at Phillies spring training.
Halladay won the Cy Young award in 2010, his first season with the Phils, and was the runner-up the following season. He pitched a perfect game in Miami in 2010 and authored one of only two playoff no-hitters in baseball history that October against the Reds.
Members of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey club have been paying their respects to the icon.
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of Roy Halladay. We extend our thoughts and condolences to his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/IH76mnQ1S5
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 7, 2017
So incredibly saddened to hear about @RoyHalladay. Rest in peace brother. Gone way too soon.
— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) November 7, 2017
Very sad to hear of the passing of Roy Halladay. My favorite pitcher growing up watching the jays. Thoughts and prayers with his family. RIP
— Scott Laughton (@Laughts21) November 7, 2017
Dave Isaac of the Courier Post provided some quotes from Scott Laughton, Claude Giroux and Brandon Manning that illustrate the impact Halladay had:
“I remember going to a Jays game with my dad and talking to him,” said Laughton, who grew up in Ontario. “It was tough to see that (news Tuesday). You never want to see that happen to anyone. I just remember going to Blue Jays games and watching him, guys like Carlos Delgato and guys like that. Definitely a sad day.”
“I talked to him a couple times,” the Flyers’ captain said. “I didn’t know him that much, but I’ve never heard anybody say a bad thing about him. When it was game day for him he was very focused. He did a lot of good things for baseball.”
“He’s had a big influence in Toronto and his career there, winning Cy Youngs and then coming to Philly, too,” Manning added. “When you see a sports icon of that nature and that value to two different cities, it hits home for a lot of different guys.”
The Flyers will have a moment of silence for Halladay before they return to action against Chicago tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers will have a moment of silence before tomorrow's game against the Blackhawks in remembrance of @RoyHalladay
— John Boruk (@johnborukNBCS) November 8, 2017
Another classy move by the organization. Halladay meant alot to the city Philadelphia city despite only being here for four years beginning in December of 2009.