We hate to read the report that Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash just north of Tampa in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was the only person in his two seater A5 plane when it crashed into the gulf. Halladay was a known aviator and lover of flying. He wanted that Icon A5 plane for a long time and had been so happy flying it all over the place.

Roy Halladay was one of the greatest pitchers of his generation earning over 200 wins, a career 3.38 ERA, and striking out 2,117 batters. Halladay was an 8 time All-Star, 2 time Cy Young winner, pitched a perfect game in 2010 and a no-hitter in the postseason that same year. Halladay was beyond exciting to watch as a pitcher and I got to see this all too often in all those division matchups between the Blue Jays and Red Sox.

Halladay was year in and year out the Blue Jays nominee for the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year award due to his work with underprivileged children. Halladay would donate $100,000 of his salary each year to the Jays Care Foundation and him and his wife constantly visited, entertained and invited kids to their own home from the Hospital for Sick Children. Roy Halladay leaves behind a wife and two kids. Thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends and loved ones. The game of baseball is better because of Roy Halladay.