By Lewis Gould
Unlike other pitching greats of his generation and those past like Pedro Martinez, Steve Carlton, Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson, Phillies’ Roy Halladay never got to pitch in a World Series.
Though he did make it to the postseason twice, pitching a no-hitter for the Phillies in 2010 (above) and 2011.
Here’s what Halladay told the New York Times about the prospect of making it to the Fall Classic:
“I remember in Toronto just sitting watching the playoffs, wondering how I would do — if it would change me, if I would be a different kind of pitcher, if I would have success.
“I just always wondered what it would feel like to be in those situations — and the whole time I was thinking what it would feel like to win a championship. And then, after being in it twice, I realized I was just wondering, How would I stand up? Would it be everything that I thought it was? And it was.
“So, for me, just having the opportunity meant every bit as much as winning it or not winning it. The rest, as they say, it’s in the cards. But as far as what you can control, just having those opportunities was all I ever wanted.”