“Not my Speech to Give” Brandy Halladay

By on July 24, 2019

I remember that November day well in 2017; I was sitting in my office in Tampa. My cell rang, it was Eddie Michels. Eddie had an unfamiliar tremble in his voice. He delivered the shocking news that Roy Halladay was killed in a Gulf of Mexico plane crash.

I never met Roy Halladay personally or even spoke with him but when I received that call from Eddie I experienced a grief sickened sadness feeling of someone close to me passing.  It was a very unique emotion at the time and as the day moved forward I realized I was absorbing Eddie’s emotion.  Eddie Michels cares about the well-being of everyone he covers.

A fan behind the lens, Rocket Sports & Entertainment’s Eddie Michels has been covering the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies spring training as well as mid-season rehab assignments since the beginning of our organization. Eddie always has the highest regard and respect for all the MLB players he covered.  Never ever choosing a negative story about any players, managers, coaches or executive. 

Roy Halladay was no different.  Eddie always was fired up a little extra when “Doc” was around.  Whether throwing long toss, stretching or especially on the mound Roy was a special talent.  A typical call from Eddie would start off,  “And guess who was throwing a bullpen session today?  The one and only Roy Doc Halladay.”

I felt compelled on behalf of Rocket Sports & Entertainment to do a little something to celebrate Roy’s Cooperstown induction. The main photo in the honoring photo capturing Roy’s smile really brings it life for remembrance.

Please enjoy some of Eddie’s work along with the emotional induction speech of Brandy Halladay.

Roy Halladay working with Phillies prospect Tom Windle. (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)
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