Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Roy Halladay forgets it's spring training, throws complete game

From the Wait 'til this Year Humor Vault

CLEARWATER, Fla.--While most starting pitchers throw just two or three innings in each of their first few spring training starts, Roy Halladay got lost in the moment on Tuesday and threw a complete game shutout against the Tigers. Halladay, who is a rubber-armed crazy person who never gets tired, ever, said he's just become accustomed to finishing what he starts. He didn't realize his mistake until a conversation with reporters after the game.

"Oh, that's right, it's March!" Halladay said. "I can't believe I just did that. I bet there were some young guys who wanted to get some work in today. Shoot. That's my bad."

Halladay needed just 89 pitches to set the major league record for most spring training complete games: one. It became apparent that Halladay might have mistakenly thought it was the regular season when he threw a 95 mph fastball underneath the chin of infielder Matt Dominguez after Dominguez had singled off him earlier in the game. The brushback pitch occurred in the eighth inning of a 10-0 game, and Dominguez is a Single-A player who has virtually no chance of making the team.

"Well, whaddaya gonna do?" Halladay said. "I won't throw nearly as many innings tomorrow." Halladay was then reminded that he doesn't get to pitch every day.

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