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Cole Hamels honors former teammate Roy Halladay

Matt Breen, Staff Writer

Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:57 PM

Former Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels spoke to the media about former teammate Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay who died Nov. 7 when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, drove to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night through a cold, rain storm. The former Phillies pitcher, who still lives in Delaware County, had a message to deliver.

Ray Halladay's Twitter page photo showing him and his plane, an ICON A5 single-engine aircraft, that crashed 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Fla., around 1 p.m. Tuesday November 7, 2017. Halladay, 40, was the only one aboard.
Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay during a press conference at Citizens Bank Park, Oct. 5, 2010. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer ) Philadelphia Inquirer
Former Phillies' pitcher Roy Halladay thanks the fans before the game with the Mets at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Friday, August 8, 2014. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ) Steven M. Falk
Phillies' Roy Halladay signs his autograph for fans before the Phillies played the New York Mets on Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Roy Halladay receives the Cy Young Award. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer ) Ronald Cortes
Phillies pitchers, Roy Oswalt, Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee posed for photograph during spring training at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer) Daily News/Inquirer
Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz celebrate the no-hitter in Game One of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 6, 2010. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer )
Carlos Ruiz and pitcher Roy Halladay to celebrate his no-hitter in the win in the first game of the NLDS Series at Citizens Bank Park, Oct. 6, 2010. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer ) Philadelphia Inquirer
Phillies' pitcher Roy Halladay during spring training photo day at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer) Daily News/Inquirer
Phillies' pitcher Roy Halladay throws the baseball during the first-inning against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay, second from right, is mobbed by teammates after throwing a perfect baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Miami. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 1-0. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Phillies' Roy Halladay gets a champagne shower after beating the Washington Nationals on Monday, September 27, 2010. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer) Daily News / Inquirer. Daily News/Inquirer
New Phillies ace Roy Halladay gets up from the press conference table after being introduced to, and taking questions from the media. Halladay was acquired from the Blue Jays. ( Clem Murray / Staff Photographer ) Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
New Phillies ace Roy Halladay and wife Brandy are all smiles after the press conference. Halladay was acquired from the Blue Jays. ( Clem Murray / Staff Photographer ) Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
New Phillies ace Roy Halladay (right) shakes hands with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., after putting on his new jersey. Halladay was acquired from the Blue Jays. ( Clem Murray / Staff Photographer ) Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
In this image provided by WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, authorities investigate a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, near Holiday, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. (WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, via AP)
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“This is from all of us,” Hamels said as he began to remember Roy Halladay. “What he meant and what he still will mean to us. It’s very, very unfortunate and I know these things do happen but you don’t know how you’re going to feel in those moments, especially for someone that touched my life, my teammate’s life, the fans, the city. He’s a tremendous person that’s going to be missed.”

Hamels spoke just two hours after a Florida sheriff announced that Halladay had died when the former Phillies pitcher crashed his plane into the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay began flying planes after his playing career, which will eventually be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, ended in 2013.

“He has left such an impression. Not only to me, but to a lot of us, and a lot of the kids coming up in this game today,” Hamels said. “A lot of us grew up watching Roy Halladay play. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in the dugout and share a locker with him for some of the best years that I’ve had. He’s really given me such, a way to perceive and look at baseball and to try to improve and be the best at I do.”

Hamels and Halladay spent four seasons together. Hamels followed Halladay’s 2010 postseason no-hitter four days later with a shutout and nine strikeouts to sweep the Reds. Hamels remembered when people said the Phillies would never have a strong pitching staff because of their ballpark. That all changed, Hamels said, when Halladay arrived.

“He was a man of few words. But you just sat back and you watched him, and you watched what he did,” Hamels said. “His work ethic was second to none. I mean, you couldn’t beat him to the ballpark. And if you did, you were going to lose from there on out. And that was so impressive to see. I think it’s left a lasting impression with the Phillies and the organization and I know with those guys that are here today and are in the minor leagues. He definitely set the bar. And that’s what I try to instill where I am in Texas. What Roy Halladay did for me.”

And the message he delivered, Hamels said, was from everyone.

“He really does mean a lot to all of us,” Hamels said. “We’re really, really going to miss him.”

Matt Breen, Staff Writer

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