Blue Jays pay tribute to late Roy Halladay with moving pregame ceremony

Jun 9, 2019 |

Toronto’s opening day festivitieswere centered around theDoc.The Blue Jays paid tribute tolate right-handed pitcher Roy Halladay during a pregame Carlos Santana Jersey ceremony and retired his number Thursdaybefore their season-opening matchupagainst the Yankees.Doc’s Box started it all. Today, we proudly unveil our tributeto Roy’s life and legacy in our Community Clubhouse. #DocForever pic.twitter.com/1FrxJGdbRo Jays Care Foundation (@JaysCare) March 29, 2018Today, we celebrate Doc. #DocForever pic.twitter.com/wJSZx3iWgr Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 29, 2018An inspiration to everyone around him. #DocForever pic.twitter.com/hsWezsj1C7 Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 29, 2018Roy Halladay joins the Level of Excellence and https://www.philliesedges.com/philadelphia-phillies/aaron-altherr-jersey has his No. 32 retired by the #BlueJays. #DocForever pic.twitter.com/4F4Mqw4xcS Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 29, 2018Roy Halladay’s sons, Braden and Ryan, pay tribute to their father. #DocForever pic.twitter.com/oSjL0HDnIr Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 29, 2018Halladay’sNo. 32 uniform is just the second retired number in clubhistory, joining Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey.The Blue Jays will also wear aNo. 32 patch on theiruniform tops throughoutthe 2018 season.Halladaydiedin November at the age of 40 when the small plane he was flying crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa.Theeight-time All-Star spent 12 years with the Blue Jays and won the Cy Will Middlebrooks Jersey Young Award in 2003 before being traded to the Phillies to finish the final four seasons of his career.

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