Over the years, I’ve been known to say things like “Shaun Marcum is the best pitcher the Blue Jays have.” I’ve been known to do things like give John MacDonald my loudest cheers, no matter who else was playing. Hell, I even jumped on the Scott Rolen as Greatest-Blue-Jay-of-all-time train.
Yes, I’ve done these things. But if you paid attention while I was doing them, you’d have noticed a little asterisk somewhere in the vicinity. It’s not that Marcum didn’t deserve praise. It’s not that Johnny Mac didn’t deserve applause. It’s not that Rolen’s brilliance didn’t deserve recognition. They did and do.
No, the asterisk was the unspoken deference to Roy Halladay.
Doc is so good, comparing him to the others doesn’t even seem fair. The man is simply on his own plain.
I think Marcum can be a devastating pitcher, but Doc was not only the Jays’ best pitcher, he is the best in the entirety of Major League Baseball.
MacDonald’s hard work and amazing skill deserve the fan’s love, but Roy works harder than anyone and is better than the best.
Rolen was great, but Halladay is the only real choice as GBOAT.
As Jays’ fans, we’re all lucky to have had him for as long as we did. If you’re a Phillies fan, you have no idea what Doc will do for your team. Not only should he completely destroy the National League, he is the type of player who, through his sheer determination, inspires his teammates and makes the pitchers around him better.
Don’t believe me? How do think A.J. Burnett got to where he is today?
Farewell, Doc. You deserve to win and I hope it can happen for you in Philadelphia.