As the sports world (especially those of us who root for Philly) mourns the loss of star pitcher Roy Halladay, it’s a time to remember one sports blogger famously honored him.
The Philadelphia-based blogger remains anonymous to this day. In 2010, the superfan started a blog called “I Want To Go To The Zoo With Roy Halladay.” The Philadelphia Inquirer now features “ZWR” as a weekly column.
The very first post explains. “The goal of this blog, in the most simple terms, is to convince Roy Halladay to go to the zoo with me.”
The blog gained a bit of local attention and the blogger eventually succeeded in his mission.
I’m at the zoo with Roy Halladay?! pic.twitter.com/5453vwPKvo
— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) August 8, 2014
Halladay actually went with him, and the two seemed to enjoy the experience very much.
“Roy was amazing with my family, which I appreciated more than anything. He was beyond sweet with my kids, held our baby a bunch (even when he cried), and asked to pose for some pics with both of my kids to send back home to Brandy. He truly is a good person,” ZWR recalled.
It does your heart some good to see pro athletes rise to the occasion and give back to their fans. It was widely known that Roy Halladay was just generally a good dude. He bought a dog for his local police K9 unit and coached youth baseball.
It’s no secret that Roy Halladay was a special human being and he’ll be missed by the Philly zoo and beyond.
The former pitcher died at 40 in a solo A5 plane crash off the coast of Florida yesterday.
First official day of summer break for my son! What a day! Icon A5 we spent 5hrs 3.2 flying, 1.8 chill’n, 100% buds! pic.twitter.com/DCclvMMvhs
— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) May 19, 2017