In a sense, it's nice to see Roy Halladay know that his body has nothing left to give the game of baseball. But damn it if it's not sad to see one of the most likable Phillies hang it up having never achieved his dream of hoisting the World Series Trophy.
The chances of that happening in 2014 seemed pretty damn unlikely for Roy, but watching him make it official still won't be easy.
Get out a box of tissues and check back around 12:30 pm as Halladay will once again become a member of the Toronto Blue Jays organization for a day so he can hang it up from the winter meetings down in Florida.
He'll undoubtedly go out with class and style. Any Phillies fan won't want to miss this.
Previously: Roy Halladay is retiring
And while we're waiting for that to get underway, how about one last listen to Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen's call of Doc's no-hitter against the Reds in the playoffs:
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.