I’m not sure what I can add to the millions of words certain to be gushed tonight in the aftermath of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter, but I thought I would offer a few quick perspectives.
First, the AL East is cruel. Halladay pitched for twelve Blue Jays teams, many of which were playoff-caliber teams, but none of which earned Doc a single playoff start. Even when Vernon Wells and Alexis Rios were raking or Dustin McGowan and AJ Burnett were dealing, the Jays couldn’t contend with the big-spending powerhouses they play 36 times a year. If baseball had a salary cap, would this moment have come sooner?
Second, imagine if Cliff Lee hadn’t been traded away? There’s no guarantee that the Phillies would have dealt for Roy Oswalt if they had Lee, but it’s conceivable that they could have Lee- who dominated the Rays this afternoon- and Oswalt lined up to finish off the impending sweep, while 2008 Series MVP Cole Hamels cracked jokes in the dugout. Terrifying.
Third, we’re six Philly wins away from a lot of dynasty talk. I’ll save the details for the time being, so as not to jinx a team I disliked pretty intensely less than a year ago, but this team reminds me of the 2003-04 Pistons, who changed the landscape of the NBA for years to come.
More on the last one later. Now back to praying that Target Field gives the Twins the same home field advantage the Metrodome did.