A new major league baseball season is underway, but, before the first pitch was thrown out at their home opener against New York, the Blue Jays honoured former teammate Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last November at the age of 40.
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His widow Brandy and their two sons Braden and Ryan were on hand for the ceremony, which saw Halladay added to Level of Excellence and his number 32 retired.
The family was joined on the field by nine of Halladay’s former teammates and coaches, including manager Cito Gaston.
Roberto Alomar, who was not on hand, is the only other player to have his number retired by the team.
The national anthems were performed by the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by maestro Kerry Stratton, afternoon host on Zoomer Radio’s the New Classical FM.