A lot of Blue Jay fans were quite upset when it was announced earlier this week that Roy Halladay would have no logo on his hat with regards to his Hall of Fame plaque.
When I first heard the news, I’ll be honest, my reaction was that of disappointment. He did after all come up with the Blue Jays and spend 12 of his 16 years in the big leagues with Toronto. That disappointment I felt however, didn’t last long. Because as I took the time to think things through, there were three really important aspects I failed to consider when I first heard this announcement.
Firstly, Halladay going into the Hall of Fame without a logo was done at the request of his family. As fans, who had little to do with Halladay other than having the pleasure of watching him pitch, we have to respect the wishes of his family.
Brandy Halladay said Roy will not have a Blue Jays or a Phillies logo on his cap for his Hall of Fame plaque. She said it was an easy decision because both teams meant so much to him. Admirable strength and poise as she and their sons met with the media.
— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) January 23, 2019
The second thing is that despite not having a logo on his Hall of Fame plaque, it doesn’t mean he isn’t representing either the Blue Jays or Phillies. Halladay will be going into the HOF as a player who proudly represents both Toronto and Philadelphia. Just because there won’t be a Blue Jays logo on his plaque doesn’t take away from all the incredible things he did for this organization. Had the Blue Jays been able to build a playoff team around Halladay during the 12 years that he was here, we probably wouldn’t even be having this conversation.
Lastly, what I’ll remember most about Halladay was getting to watch him take the mound every fifth day, knowing I’d be seeing greatness almost every single time. The Blue Jays were not a great, or even a good team back in those days. Halladay’s presence transformed what was often a below average team and made them respectable.
As Blue Jay fans, we should consider ourselves lucky we got to see him pitch as often as we did. He provided this team with some of the finest pitching in all of baseball over the past 20 years, and one plaque isn’t going to change any of that.