So Halladay hangs 'em up. And he does it as a Jay, signing a one day contract and then retiring. Warm and fuzzy feelings all around. I watched his press announcement from the Winter Meetings and he was friendly, reflective and teetering on the edge of an emotional cliff throughout - decidedly un-Doc-like. But it was to be expected - you could see that he would like nothing more than to keep going, to keep pushing. But it was clear that there are bigger picture health risks and family considerations that make the choice to walk away from his playing career the right one.
As a role model, for my money, he brings all the right pieces. He works hard, has such incredible singular focus and always acted professionally. There was no ego. No petulance. No overblown television special when he "took his talents to" Philly. It's the way you want your professional athletes to carry themselves. And he's a guy I can point to in good conscience and say to my kids, "that's how you do it." Focus on your craft. Work hard. Never give up. Ignore all of the noise and just do your thing.
I hope that he finds a way to contribute to baseball for many years to come. It would be great if he could pass on some of that good stuff to the guys coming up now, but it doesn't always work that way. I know the Jays will find a place for him if he's interested. But I think if it isn't a role where he feels like he is actually contributing in a meaningful way he'll walk. And that would be a pity.
Anyway, for the hard work, the dedication, the seemingly inhuman performances at times, thank you Roy Halladay. You were a joy to watch. And a role model I can use for my kids.