The death of retired pitcher Roy Halladay understandably shook the sports world Tuesday.
The widely liked and admired former Blue Jay and Phillie — the author of a perfect game and the second postseason no-hitter in history, a two-time Cy Young winner, and an eight-time All-Star — died when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.
Several former and current Red Sox players mourned Halladay’s death on social media, including fellow Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez.
Halladay started 39 games against the Red Sox and appeared in 42 games against them, compiling a 14-15 record with a 4.39 ERA.
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
In addition to being a HoF player Roy was a hall of fame person. I think the Hall should invoke the “Clemente” clause for him. #ripcy— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) November 7, 2017
Devastated to hear the news of one of the greatest competitors to cross the chalk line and take the bump. RIP Doc.— Kevin Youkilis (@KYouk_2036) November 7, 2017
RIP...Roy Halladay one of the greatest teammates I have had the privilege the play with. Our prayers are with his wife and 2 boys!— Kevin Millar (@KMillar15) November 7, 2017
Very saddened by the news about Roy Halladay today. Gone too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.— Tim Wakefield (@TimWakefield49) November 7, 2017
One of the best of my era, on and off the field. My prayers to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/HPSjK4ySUE— David Ross (@D_Ross3) November 7, 2017
So saddened to hear about the passing of Roy Halladay. An unbelievable competitor and a baseball player through and through. RIP.— Mike Lowell (@mikelowell25) November 8, 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
By far the fiercest teammates I have ever been around with a heart of CHAMPION...sad we never got to win one together but will never forget this great night!!! Blessed to have been on the field to witness...Miss ya Brother https://t.co/W7t9CI14i0— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017
Can’t believe it. Roy was great guy and amazing pitcher, unhittable. This is very sad for the baseball family. Blessings to his family— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) November 7, 2017
I am shocked and saddened by the news of Roy Halladay. My prayers go out to his family during this difficult time...— Eduardo Nunez (@EduardoNunez15) November 7, 2017
So incredibly sad to hear the news about Roy Halladay. Prayers go out to his family at this time. #RIPDocHalladay— Robby Scott (@RobbyScott36) November 8, 2017