"Stoic." "Focused." "All-business." No-nonsense. First-class beard." Those were among the best ways to describe right-hander Roy Halladay before he retired. But ever since Halladay quit playing baseball in 2013 and joined social media platforms such as Twitter, he has revealed himself to be quite a goofball at heart. He makes good jokes. He makes bad jokes. He gets silly. For those who were big Halladay fans when he was a pitcher, it's been a pleasing if surprising revelation, helping to blunt the disappointment that his pitching career couldn't last forever.
The biggest Roy Halladay fan of all has been the guy who started the blog, "I Want To Go To The Zoo With Roy Halladay," a Philadelphia-centric site that publishes "face-breaking posts" about Philly sports with a stated goal in its literal title.
And now it's happened. The dream has come true. Roy Halladay actually went to the zoo with the guy from "Zoo With Roy." Here's how it all went down, according to the Penguin himself. The Philadelphia Phillies themselves came to the blog and said, "Let's do this," even though ZWR will make fun of general manager Ruben Amaro sometimes. And Halladay — though it's not surprising anymore — said, "Sure."
In the tweet above, that's Halladay holding a stuffed penguin (the symbol of ZWR) with the blog creator showing his back to the camera so his identity remains unidentified. That's too bad, because great "bolgs" such as ZWR should pay the bills by themselves so the people behind them won't have to go incognito to protect themselves at work because the boss is a Mets fan, or whatever.
So, is this the end for ZWR? Doesn't seem like it, even though he's been there and done that with Halladay, which was "the point" all along:
So What’s Next? I’m not sure. Obviously the goal of the site has been met. That said, it has become something quite important to me in terms of a creative outlet and thus far has led to opportunities I could have never imagined, including the kernel of a dream of being able to create sports humor as a career (however slim the chances may be) … so I definitely don’t think I’m going anywhere. The site may slowly change over time, but we’ll have to see. However, I’m at the freaking zoo with Roy Halladay at this exact moment, so I’m kind of feeling like truly anything is possible.
As with Halladay post-MLB, life goes on. And it continues to offer surprises along the way.
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