When Roy Halladay arrived in Philadelphia, he was a man of mystery, in a sense. Many understood he was the best pitcher in the game and had seen him play, albeit very little, as he was tucked away in the bowels of the AL East, tossing complete games left and right for a Blue Jays team that struggled to find average behind the Red Sox and Yankees, and more recently, the Rays.
With him came a workout that surpassed all others, one that few others dared to match because it involved waking up before 5 a.m. to complete it.
Those within the organization noticed Halladay was machine-like in his routines; one of those who noticed was Cole Hamels. In an article by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, which is a nice read about the legend of Doc, Hamels gushed about the work ethic of his rotation mate.
“If you don’t want to be like him,” Hamels said, “you just don’t want to be successful. The guy is constantly going. I think I can hold my own running with him. But he’s so focused an...