Jimmy Rollins Remembers Knowing Roy Halladay Was ‘someone Special'

It's been a tough week for Phillies fans with the loss of legendary pitcher and all-around great human Roy Halladay.

But the Philadelphia baseball community has come together to share their remembrances of Doc to help ease the pain and celebrate his life. From Chase Utley to Flyers players to writers who covered him so closely, there have been many beautiful thoughts shared on Halladay's life.

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Some people take longer than others to put their feelings into words. Roy's teammate and longtime Phillie Jimmy Rollins posted his own thoughts on Doc to Instagram on Friday along with a celebratory image. 

I remember the first time meeting Roy...not the guy in a uniform but the man in a Nike shirt, shorts n flip flops on our annual Nike baseball trips and thinking to myself how much I'd love to play with that guy! How many championships would we win if we had a guy like Roy taking the mound every 5 days?!! Then thinking shoot I'll go play for his team because I want to see what it is that makes him so great! I didn't fulfill my end of the bargain by winning a championship while sharing the same uniform as Doc but seeing the joy on his face while popping bottles is a memory that endures forever! All that have met, played, laughed, spoke, ate, had a drink or did anything under the sun with Roy realized at some point in that moment that u were in the presence of something...someone SPECIAL!! #RipDoc#foreveryoung

I remember the first time meeting Roy...not the guy in a uniform but the man in a Nike shirt, shorts n flip flops on our annual Nike baseball trips and thinking to myself how much I'd love to play with that guy! How many championships would we win if we had a guy like Roy taking the mound every 5 days?!! Then thinking shoot I'll go play for his team because I want to see what it is that makes him so great! I didn't fulfill my end of the bargain by winning a championship while sharing the same uniform as Doc but seeing the joy on his face while popping bottles is a memory that endures forever! All that have met, played, laughed, spoke, ate, had a drink or did anything under the sun with Roy realized at some point in that moment that u were in the presence of something...someone SPECIAL!! #RipDoc #foreveryoung

A post shared by Jimmy Rollins (@jrollins11) on Nov 10, 2017 at 8:04am PST

Halladay's family also released a statement and will be holding a celebration of his life on November 14 down in Clearwater.

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