Roy Halladay dies in plane crash: Phillies fans, former teammates express grief on Twitter

It’s almost impossible to fully measure the impact that Roy Halladay had on the Phillies and their millions of fans across the Philadelphia region.

So it was not surprising that news of the ace’s stunning death in a plane crash in Florida on Tuesday produced an avalanche of grief on social media.

[Photos: A look back at Roy Halladay’s Phillies career]

From fans to media to teammates and other local and national pro sports stars, tributes and condolences have poured in for the former ace pitcher.

Here is a sampling of reactions on Twitter and Instagram:

My heart hurts writing this. I can still remember the first day we met. It was 5:45am on the first day of spring training when I arrived. He was finishing his breakfast but his clothes were soaking wet. I asked if it was raining when he got in. He laughed and said “No I just finished my workout” I knew right then- he was the real deal. Thank you Roy for allowing us to witness what it takes to be the best. We will all miss you.

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