Roy Halladay's legacy lives on.
Braden Halladay, the son of the late MLB pitcher, made his debut with the Canadian National Junior Team on Saturday when he pitched against one of his father's former teams.
Braden, 17, threw a perfect bottom of the eighth inning against the Blue Jays and walked off the field to a standing ovation at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Before tossing his first pitch, Braden drew what appeared to be a heart in the dirt on the mound.
Braden Halladay, son of the late Roy Halladay, took the mound against his father's old team today. pic.twitter.com/dDZf8MnfPA— MLB (@MLB) March 17, 2018
“From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters after the game, via NBC Sports. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”
Roy died in November at the age of 40 when the small plane he was flying crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa. The eight-time All-Star spent 12 years with the Blue Jays and won the Cy Young Award in 2003 before being traded to the Phillies to finish the final four seasons of his career.