View Full Version : Article: Blue Jays GM Confirms There Never Really Was A 'Roy Halladay'

08-06-2009, 11:26 AM
Sarcasm written all over it. JP taunt back to MLB writers, why ROY wasn't traded.


"We developed, by which I mean made up, a really good pitcher here, one of the best in baseball," said Ricciardi, who compared Halladay to a young and real Bob Gibson. "No one made an offer that came close to what Roy—who as far as they knew was a living, breathing baseball player—was worth. We went into negotiations looking for a made-up power bat, or at least two pretend arms that we could slide right into the rotation. I would have even accepted one existent major-league player." :clap:

Ricciardi continued: "The best the Phillies could come up with was Kyle Drabek and a prospect to be fabricated later. You're going to have to do better than that if you want Roy Halladay."

"We needed a new face for the franchise back in 2002, but our roster was pretty thin," Ricciardi said. "So we included a clause in our pitchers' contracts that said anytime they posted a decent start it'd be attributed to a 'Roy Halladay.' Then after the game, we'd say, 'There's a Halladay start,' or, 'Good old Roy, at it again.' At the end of the season, we said he'd won 19 games, and scouts were asking about him all over the place. It wasn't really too difficult adding him to the roster, since we haven't had any press covering the team in 15 years."

08-06-2009, 11:48 AM

08-06-2009, 12:54 PM
I wonder how many people will get fooled by this? Noobs always seem too...

08-06-2009, 02:06 PM
Ricciardi shrugged and added, "Roy's my uncle's name. And whenever we needed a face, like for his baseball card, we just used a picture of our UPS guy."

"Those first couple of years you can't really control [playing in Toronto], but then you demand a trade and get out of there," ex–Blue Jay Orlando Hudson said.

When asked if he remembered playing with a Roy Halladay, Hudson said, "I don't remember any of my Blue Jay teammates."

Manager Cito Gaston admitted to being nervous when Halladay was selected to start the 2009 All-Star Game. "We sent [starting pitcher] Brian [Tallet] over to St. Louis in a specially made-up Halladay jersey. We thought for sure someone would notice at that point. But hey, who recognizes Brian Tallet?"


08-06-2009, 02:33 PM
The Jays get covered twice this year by The Onion? At least one American "media outlet" likes us!

Nocturnal Rat
08-06-2009, 05:07 PM
I can't believe this! Why does J.P. have to tell them that? Now no one would offer anything for Doc in the off-season because all the G.M. know Halladay is only imaginary.

08-06-2009, 05:32 PM
haha that was good

08-06-2009, 07:43 PM
That is SO rich! LMFAO!!!! We've all been dupped!!!!

08-06-2009, 07:54 PM
:laugh: Gotta love The Onion.

T.O. Fan
08-07-2009, 12:15 PM