Roy Halladay took out an ad in today's Toronto Sun, thanking Blue Jays fans.
Some will be quick to point out that he forced this trade, and could have easily negotiated an extension. If Halladay liked us so much, why isn't he retiring a Blue Jay?
Those people are cynical bastards. Halladay is both the best pitcher in Blue Jays history and the classiest player we've ever had. We were lucky to have him.
Here's the ad.
And here's the transcript.
My wife Brandy, sons Braden and Ryan, and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, its incredible fans, and the city of Toronto.
I feel blessed to have been part of the Blue Jays since 1995 and am extremely thankful for the opportunities it has provided. Throughout the past 15 years, there have been so many people within the organization that have made a wonderful and significant impact in my life, it would be impossible to name them all.
I am sincerely grateful for the incredible support and compassion the Blue Jays fans have shown me. I am in awe of your overwhelming passion and devotion.
Toronto will forever have a special place in my heart.
The memories will last a lifetime and so will my gratitude.
Phillies fans will soon discover how lucky they are. Thanks to @dlbrows on Twitter for the pic.