When Toronto fans discovered Roy Halladay was leaving the Blue Jays four years ago to chase a championship in Philadelphia, a lot of them wailed...."Say it ain't so, Roy!" (A blatant reference to the epic 1984 baseball movie "The Natural"......Google it, you lousy kids.)
But my reaction to Halladay signing a one-day free agent contract to officially retire as a Blue Jay?
"It ain't a big deal. Roy."
To be honest, these one-day symbolic sports contracts have always struck me as a little phony.
Let's face it.
If Doc had really wanted to be a Blue Jay for life, he never would have helped engineer his own trade. You can understand his desire to pitch in the play-offs, foreign territory in Toronto, but either you're a Blue Jay for life or you're not and regardless of the fuzzy feelings at this week's Halladay news conference, the fact is good ol' ...