Monday, February 8, 2016

Halladay honors Chooch

The Phillies honored Roy Halladay for his May 29 perfect game against the Florida Marlins before Thursday's game at Citizens Bank Park.

Halladay honors Chooch


The Phillies honored Roy Halladay for his May 29 perfect game against the Florida Marlins before Thursday's game at Citizens Bank Park.

Among the gifts presented to Halladay were the No. 34 jersey he wore that night at Sun Life Stadium, the lineup card manager Charlie Manuel filled out and a portrait of the performance by artist Dick Perez. A smaller replicated version of the portrait was also given to fans attending Thursday's series finale against Houston.

After reviewing a video of his performance and receiving the gifts, Halladay showed his class with a short speech about how much he has loved playing in Philadelphia this season.

Even classier were the two gifts Halladay presented to catcher Carlos Ruiz, who was behind the plate for the perfect game. Halladay gave Ruiz home plate from the game at Sun Life Stadium and a ring inscribed with the words "We did it together, Thanks Roy."

The umpires for today's game ... BOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Public address announcer Dan Baker's introduction of the umpires was inaudible for the second straight game because the crowd at the ballpark erupted in boos in an expression of their dissatification for the work they did in the first two games of the series with the Astros.

The crew of Sam Holbrook, Scott Barry, Greg Gibson and Brian Knight had to be happy to get out of town after the game.

Moyer hopes to throw on West Coast

Pitcher Jamie Moyer will join the Phillies on their seven-game trip to the West Coast and he said he hopes to throw for the first time since going on the disabled list.

"I've started to rehab," said Moyer, out since July 20 with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. "We'll see where it goes. I'm hoping maybe -- maybe! -- by the last day of the trip I'll be able to play catch. Maybe."

Moyer said it's unlikely that he'll be able to pitch in September, but he said "maybe there's a chance" he can go to the Florida Instructional League "just to see if I can pitch." 

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