As probably the person at this site who treasures the Hall of Fame most, I am pleased to say that I can finally say the following words:
Mike Mussina and Roy Halladay are immortal.
As you know, I have been employed Moose Watch since we started the site several years ago. Mussina is one of the best pitchers of his generation, and it wasn’t his fault that his peak corresponded with the likes of Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson – three of the most powerful, dominant pitchers of all time. However, Moose’s body of work speaks for itself, and if you ask any hitter worth his salt they will tell you that his knuckle curve is one of the nastiest pitches ever. When men fear your presence in a game, you’re doing it right.
On the other side of this is Roy Halladay. You may remember when Doc died, I wrote a heartfelt, personal tribute to the greatest pitcher I had seen pitch live (only got to see Maddux, Glavine, et al on TV). Doc should have been here to see this. We should have been able to hear his excitement and witness his huge smile upon receiving such a great honor. But we won’t, and it’s bittersweet.
Halladay is the first regular ballot posthumous inductee since Christy Mathewson. So while there have been dead inductees in the past – notably Ron Santo – this is an unusual situation. I can only assume that Roy’s widow, Brandy, will do the honors.
In case you forgot just how dominant, how very special Roy Halladay was, I offer this video:
To say that I cried when both of these men were called is an understatement. For Moose, it’s very much happy tears, as I honestly did not know if I would see this day. For Doc, it’s touched with sadness, as I wish he could have seen just how many people in baseball truly loved and admired him.
That being said, it’s a special day for our friendly neighborhood Prof, as two of my all time favorites will live forever, standing on the shoulders of giants, inspiring anyone who wants to play the game the best way they know how.