What do I, as a die-hard Blue Jays fan, think about the Jays trading Roy Halladay to the Phillies?
I am remarkably at peace with it.
Obviously, it's sad for the Jays to lose a player of Halladay's talent and character. He was, by far, the most exciting reason to catch a Jays game in recent memory. I was blessed to see him live at a Jays game in the summer of 2005, a game he uncharacteristically lost to the Baltimore Orioles of all teams. But it was still great to see him.
But we all knew that he was going to be traded. And knowing that, I was relieved that he wasn't traded to any AL East team and that he extended his contract with the Phillies so that he wouldn't just play out the year with them and THEN go to the Yankees or Red Sox.
I think that the Jays have always had good coaching relationships with young players and a good farm system, so I'm excited to see how the young players that the Jays received in the trade will blossom in that system and under Jays coaches.
And Roy's full-page ad in the Toronto Sun encapsulated what an incredibly classy, gracious and community-minded player he has been in his time in Toronto. And with a guy like that, it's hard not to cheer for him no matter where he plays.