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A Tribute to DOC Halladay…


An apropos 9 posted to SOT this morning for a tribute to Roy “Doc” Halladay – a great MLB pitcher (and by all accounts a great guy and one of the hardest working guys in baseball) who died yesterday in small plane crash at 40.  Our small tribute went something like this:

Mosey to the windy front of the school for COP, including:

  • 2 Burpees OYO for each of Doc’s Cy Young Awards
  • 27 SSHs IC and 49 LBCs for Doc’s 2,749 Innings pitched in the major leagues
  • 16 Merkins for Doc’s 16-year career
  • 21 Imperial Walkers IC and 17 Copperhead Squats IC for Docs 2,117 Strikeouts


9 Innings — Doc was known for his durability and for throwing 67 career complete games

Each PAX found a bench in front of the school and completed 9 rounds of the following

  • 3 Derkins
  • 3 Merkins
  • Run a Lap around the parking lot

Mosey to the side of the school for some “Lazy” Triple Checks

Round 1 – the counter was the Merkins and as a group of 3 we completed 203 merkins – 1 for each of Doc’s wins in the majors.  Other two PAX in the group were planking and doing people’s chair to round out the rotation.  YHC’s group rotated after 20 merkins and then all did the last 23 together.  Counting varied by group.

Round 2 – the counter was Squats and as a group of 3 we completed 390 squats – 1 for each of Doc’s starts as a MLB pitcher.  Other two planked and people’s chair again.

Round 3 – as a group of 3 complete 67 Burpees – 1 for each of Doc’s complete games.

Mosey back to the flag for COT, including 20 Freddie Mercuries (for each of Doc’s shutouts) and 20 Hello Dollies.  Finish with 16 more Merkins OYO and 1 minute of Superman for good measure.

Number-rama; Nama-a-rama and YHC took us out.


  • HR 1-year convergence Saturday
  • C-ville 4-miler Sunday
  • SOJ area HDHH in the works for November – look for pre-Blast from the Emerging Nano Region of New Market soon.  Chatter was about somewhere out in Westchester.


YHC has a general dis-like for pitchers (no offense Marv or McRib – or other pitchers among us), but they tend to be attitudinal, moody and sometimes soft (kinda like a teenage girl).  It appeared, however, that Doc was none of those things.  I loved watching him pitch, and I feared for any manager to went to take him out of the game.  LOVE THAT!

My favorite memory that I saw yesterday was from Chase Utley who said the first time he met Doc was the first day of Spring Training one year and he met in at breakfast at 0545 and doc’s shirt was soaking wet.  He asked him if it was raining when he came in and Doc laughed at him and said No – I just finished my workout….that is our kind of guy!  RIP Doc.

Great effort today from the SOT guys.  Also, great to see Aisle 5, Goose and Cerrano back out.  Always great to have Roscoe and his “that’s 5” counting.  Solid effort per usual from McRib, Wilson, Honeymoon and Marmaduke.  A pleasure to lead such a fine group!

No more Gumbo for you!


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  1. Nice job Gumbo!

    Great tribute and solid beat down. Good numbers and solid SOJ crew out there today.


  2. Gumbo – take a day off my shoulders BEG you! Great Q! The 9 innings were brutal. It made me laugh when Marmaduke asked how many rounds we were doing. When he heard 9, the look on his face was priceless. Glad to be out in the cold today with you fellas!