The wife of former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay left the National Baseball Hall of Fame crowd in tears Sunday as she gave a touching speech in honor of her late husband.
Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, was killed in a plane crash off the coast of Florida in 2017, leaving behind his wife Brandy and their two sons. Braden and Ryan. He was voted into Cooperstown in January by an overwhelming margin in his first year of eligibility.
On Sunday, Brandy Halladay emerged to a standing ovation from legendary ballplayers, their families and various audience members at the hall’s induction ceremony.
“It’s overwhelming the amount of people here today,” she said as she fought back tears. I can’t believe you came this far and I’m so grateful that you’re here.”
The crowd fell silent as she thanked 2019 inductees, Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Harold Baines, Lee Smith and Edgar Martinez — as well as the current Hall of Famers seated behind her — for their hugs, love and friendship extended to her family.
The poignant, seven-minute speech was also full of gratitude for the Blue Jays and Phillies organizations, former teammates and coaches for their unwavering support following his death.
“I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect,” she said as she concluded. “We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people can still have perfect moments.”