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

Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 4:56 PM

Roy Halladay was a fan favorite during his time as an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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.

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)
Photo Gallery: Roy Halladay: A look back at the star's Phillies career

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.

A post shared by @therealchaseutley on Nov 7, 2017 at 2:32pm PST

I’m stunned to silence over the news of Roy Halladay. My thoughts and heart are with Brandy and the boys. Rest In Peace my friend.

— Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) November 7, 2017

Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Brayden. We will miss you Roy.

— Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) November 7, 2017

Heart broken- Roy was always the guy I looked up to in little league, in high school, in the bigs. So lucky to have been his teammate. Incredible husband, incredible dad, we will miss you Doc!

— Brad Lidge (@SlidersNSaves54) November 7, 2017

Gone too soon my friend!!! Blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly a brother. Praying for Brandy, Ryan and Brayden

— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017

Heart is broken to hear about Roy Halladay .great friend, teammate, father and husband. One of the best teammates ever! You will be missed !

— Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) November 7, 2017

I️ admired Doc not bc of talent but bc of work ethic/never taking a day for granted! Doc you epitomized the word great! #RIPDoc #5amworkout pic.twitter.com/d9FI6wp2Ee

— Kevin Frandsen (@KevinFrandsen) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay one of the greatest to put on a baseball uniform! My prayers are with his family so sad to see him go! You’re the man Doc

— Cameron Rupp (@CameronRupp) November 7, 2017

We lost another member of the Phillies family way to soon! My prayers go out to Doc’s wife and kids and his entire family! RIP Doc!

— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) November 7, 2017

My deepest condolences to the Halladay family during this difficult time. The world lost a great one too early today #RIP34 pic.twitter.com/njBOuXZ9FW

— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay was one of the special people in this world. A beautiful man, driven by the pursuit of excellence. A HOF player & human being

— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 7, 2017

I lost a great friend today. All love Roy!!! #RoyHalladay pic.twitter.com/DVdhLDnbcQ

— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) November 7, 2017

No, I'm not okay. But this isn't remotely about me. I don't know what to say.

— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) November 7, 2017

So incredibly saddened to hear about @RoyHalladay. Rest in peace brother. Gone way too soon.

— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) November 7, 2017

RIP to Roy Halladay. When I played baseball, I always wanted to pitch like “Doc”.

— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) November 7, 2017

Rest In Peace Roy Halladay, you will never be forgotten. Your legacy will Live on! #Legend #RIPRoyHalladay

— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) November 7, 2017

I can’t believe it. So many times we competed against each other and even while competing, I wanted to see you! My condolences to his family https://t.co/q5VGqQvoDu

— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay was probably the best pitcher to play for the @phillies in my lifetime. I’m absolutely crushed. #RIPDoc

— Brian Barrish YES (@BarrishUSAFL) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay, you signed a ball for me way back in 2011, favorite pitcher while you wore the red pinstripes. A true Phillie. RIP Forever

— Joe Sparacino lll (@_JSparacino) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay's jersey is the only baseball jersey I've ever bought. He was the best in the world, on and off the field. This is devastating.

— Bear Thrylls (@hipsterboner) November 7, 2017

RIP to Roy Halladay. It was a blessing to watch you play in Philadelphia. You will be greatly missed ⚾♥️

— marie (@marriie_xoxo) November 7, 2017

After watching Roy Halladay pitch I know what it was like for those who watched Michelangelo paint. Gone way too soon

— Ray Moffo (@RayMoffo) November 7, 2017

I️ will never forget the pure elation I️ had when the #Phillies traded for Roy Halladay. The best pitcher in the game. Man this sucks

— Pat Egan (@Pat_Egan) November 7, 2017

I kind of want to have 280 characters now to explain how much of an impact that Roy Halladay had on me. All of this hit me hard. For as long as he was on the Phillies, he made such a big impact on the fans and the organization. I'm not ok with him leaving this earth

— Alex Murphy (@Alex_MurphyUMD) November 7, 2017

Absolutely loved Roy Halladay and his work ethic. RIP to a great ball player and a great man… praying for your family #RIPDocHalladay

— Ryan (@ryan_brown33) November 7, 2017

What a sad day. Rest in peace Roy Halladay. You'll always be remembered as a class act on and off the field.

— Mike Reick (@MikeReick24) November 7, 2017

#semiOOC Roy Halladay was one of the greatest pitchers in my lifetime. I walked out of work the day he was throwing that perfect game and told my boss “turn the radio on, Roy’s throwing a perfecto.” Then he makes his first appearance in the postseason with a no-hitter! Same year!

— Rob Sharpe (@ASharpeTurn) November 7, 2017

I watched Roy Halladay's playoff no hitter on a 10 in tv screen in the hospital after giving birth to my first child. I'll never forget. RIP

— Katie Moore (@KPirish06) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay was one of the first superstars I can remember that was legit excited to be in Philadelphia. He loved this place and this team.

— Russ Jackson (@Russ_Jack) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay was the first player on my favorite team that I ever felt like was too good of a player to be here.

— Brian Coulter (@PhilaBCoulter) November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay was the guy. Every fifth day he was on the mound I️ was glued to the TV. Loved his tenacity for baseball and life. RIP

— Jack Keffer (@j_keffer3) November 7, 2017

Watching Roy Halladay work his craft was one of the true joys of being a Philly sports fan.

Such a sad day. Numb.

— Enrico (@The700Level) November 7, 2017

Wow… RIP Roy Halladay. In disbelief.. Will never forget the day Doc pitched a perfect game. RIP to the GOAT, gone way too soon..

— Jake Noecker (@no_wacker) November 7, 2017

I’m sick to my stomach over the Roy Halladay news. He was a true inspiration to Phillies fans as well as baseball fans. Such a tragedy.

— Nick Dodd (@Nick_dodd2) November 7, 2017

My heart is broken at the loss of a real beloved hero, always helping the community, deflecting praise to his team: https://t.co/bGSzioev9Y

— Kristen Graham (@newskag) November 7, 2017

This was a night I will never, ever forget, a gift to a clueless 23-year-old beat writer: https://t.co/7mwGTQl7KT

— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) November 7, 2017

Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER

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