Welcome to October, Roy.

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Jeff Bohen-Staff Writer.

Talking baseball the other day I said to a friend I was looking forward to the MLB Playoffs this year for a number of reasons but one in particular;

Baseball fans finally get to see Roy Halladay pitch in October.

Halladay, the best starting pitcher in Baseball for the last 10 years had yet to experience the bright lights of October.

In his tenure as “The Man” for the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay, never got so much as a sniff of the Playoffs. His realm was December competing for Cy Young’s. He is the odds on favorite to win the hardware again finishing the season with a 21-10 record.

Halladay, starting Game One of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, introduced himself to the ghosts of falls past, blowing away batter after batter.

The Reds had no chance.

He baffled the Cincinnati Reds like no other since Don Larsen pitched his “perfecto” in 1956 for the NY Yankees. His greatness on display for the baseball world to see.

Halladay, pitched a perfect game on May 29 against the Florida Marlins. Florida, “actually hit some balls hard that we made plays on,” said, Cole Hamels.

Tonight, he dominated the best hitting team in the National League. Never breaking a sweat.

Throwback is often used to describe his efforts. It’s synonymous with the blue collar ethic that Philadelphia prides itself on.

And Work Halladay did.

Baseball fans got to watch him pitch when it mattered most.

Welcome to October, “Doc.”

Now, what do you do for an encore?

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