Halladay relishes being on mound again
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
DUNEDIN — Roy Halladay got a nice welcome coming back to Dunedin to face his old team Monday but he was most happy just to be back on a mound, facing hitters.
“Just being in the games again is fun,” he said after working two innings, allowing two hits and a walk for the Phillies.
“You can throw as many bullpens as you want, but it’s always different once you get out there. I’ve got some work to do to get back to where I want to be by the end of spring. But that’s all part of it, and I’m looking forward to the next time out.”
He wasn’t looking forward to everything about this short trip from Clearwater. When Halladay was a young Blue Jay trying to find his way, the current visitors clubhouse at what is now called Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, was the home clubhouse.
“I was telling Charlie (Manuel, the Phils’ manager), I got sent down four times in the office back here,” said Halladay. “The last time was to A-ball. So I’ll be glad to get out of here today.”