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.
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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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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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