Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spring Training Beat: Halladay on a mission against Father Time

PBR - With a pair of Cy Young Awards and eight All-Star appearances there is no refuting the fact that Roy Halladay's resume is stellar, yet one achievement has eluded him in his 14-year career and that's a World Series victory.

"That's the ultimate goal," Halladay said Tuesday following his workout at Bright House Field in Clearwater. "The drive is always there."

Halladay was traded to Philadelphia following the 2010 season. He excelled in Toronto, but never reached the postseason. Now he's experienced the playoffs each of the last two years but fallen short of the World Series.

"We've had opportunities here," Halladay said. "That's all I wanted. It hasn't gone the way we wanted it to go, but I still feel this is the best place to do it."

In five postseason starts Halladay is 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA.

"I realize that I'm not getting any younger," Halladay said. "I'm probably going to play less going forward than I've played already, so I know that. But the greatest thing to ever happen to me was was coming here. I've given myself two chances to be in the playoffs and World Series that I wouldn't of had in many other places."

Halladay did everything in his power to carry the Phillies in the postseason last year, putting together a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings over two starts in the NLDS. Unfortunately, the offense fell silent in Game 5 leaving him to take the fall in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the Cardinals.

The 34-year-old is signed through 2013 with a vesting option for 2014. He knows time is running out on his opportunity to add the most coveted of achievements to his resume.

"The window is getting [smaller] and it would be nice when you go away to go away as a world champion," Halladay said. "I think any player would want that and I definitely do."

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