On August 8, Roy Halladay will take the mound before a 7:05 game against the Mets and will debut his new pitch, which is being called "ceremonial." No word yet on how it differs from his traditional devastating cutter, but we can probably assume that it's even more devastating and also cooler.
To remember this night forever, the Phillies will be giving out Roy Halladay bobblehead figurines, featuring Halladay waving his cap to the crowd. Following the first pitch, everyone will probably cry a little bit.
Saturday, August 9, after a sold-out luncheon in his honor, Charlie Manuel will be inducted onto the Phillies Wall of Fame before another night game vs. the Mets.
Roy Halladay will be sticking around for the celebration, and will be joined by an endless line of Phillies from the past: Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Curt Simmons, Dick Allen, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, Tony Taylor, Bob Boone, Dallas Green, Juan Samuel, Darren Daulton, John Kruk and Mike Lieberthal. A 16th mystery Phillie will surface to pull the curtain back on Manuel's bronze plaque.
Finally, on August 10 and 11, the Phillies will be hiding former players all over the stadium to stalk and surprise fans when they least expect it, but in a fun way, not the horrifying, like that sounds.
At the very least, the Phillies will be forcing the Mets to sit through an endless celebration of their recent greatness.