Roy Halladay: 'I Don't Want To Play Anywhere Else'
2/13/2013 1:10:00 PM
Roy Halladay is going to be one of the central figures of this upcoming season as he looks to rebound from one of the worst seasons of his storied career in which he went 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Doc revealed today that it was a lower back injury that led to his shoulder problems last season.
Here are some of the highlights of Halladay’s first press conference since last season that occurred in Clearwater today.
Halladay on his goal heading into the season:
“I’m playing to win a World Series. That’s why I’m playing baseball. However we get to that goal. To me, that’s the bottom line. If it takes 320 innings and I can throw that many, I’m going to throw it. That’s the reason I’m here. For me that’s it. I’m not worried about next year; I’m not worried about two years, three years from now. I’m worried about trying to win a World Series.”
Halladay on playing for the Phillies:
“If I had my druthers I would be here until I’m done. As good as they’ve been to me; I think they realize that I’d be as good to them as I could be. Going forward, if that were the case, I really don’t see myself playing anywhere else and I don’t want to play anywhere else.
“You want to play somewhere as long as you can where you’re wanted. This has been the best place – obviously I’ve only played in Toronto but I’ve gone on the road a lot of other places – best place I’ve ever played. I don’t want to play anywhere else.”
Halladay on the Phillies’ aging core:
“I don’t think anyone goes into a season saying maybe we should win it three years from now. You want to win it now. I think you have to have that mentality regardless of your age. Obviously the opportunities become less and less the older you get. I think the urgency is always the same.
“I don’t think there’s anybody in there that’s thinking I’ve got two or three years left to do this. I think we all want to do it now. Hopefully that’s the goal. I think all the guys who are getting older realize they have less chances to do it.”
Halladay on changes he’s made to his offseason workout routine:
“I don’t like to back off I would rather alter. I think we’ve altered things to where I feel that I can go out and throw 120 pitches and feel fine. That being said, the things in between you monitor, the work days in between you monitor. I’ve done a lot of running in the past, a lot of other things. We’ve been able to kind of change those programs to where it takes a lot of the stress off and I don’t feel like I’m wearing those other parts down while my arm is rebuilding.”
Halladay on some changes he might make heading into the season:
"Chase suggested drilling a few guys this year so I might mix that in."