Teammates get emotional at Halladay memorial – MLB.com

Ruiz went back to his room and at one point took a nap. He awoke to a phone call from his longtime agent, Marc Kligman, who sounded different on the phone. Ruiz could tell something was wrong.

“I’ve got bad news, and I know you’re going to feel real bad,” Kligman said. “Are you ready?”

Ruiz said yes. Kligman told Ruiz that his good friend and longtime batterymate Roy Halladay, who was 40, had died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Ruiz choked up as he recalled the story Tuesday evening at Spectrum Field, where Halladay’s family and friends had a “Celebration of Life” service for the former Phillies and Blue Jays ace.

“Right there I felt something in my body,” Ruiz said, fighting back tears. “I never expected something like that.”

Halladay’s life celebrated at memorial

Numerous people connected with the Phillies’ organization, including former players, attended the service: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Charlie Manuel, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Brad Lidge, Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro Jr., John Middleton, David Montgomery, Matt Klentak, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick, J.C. Romero, Placido Polanco, Ben Francisco, Rich Dubee, Juan Pierre, Brian Schneider, Ben Revere, Juan Samuel, Scott Proefrock, Sam Perlozzo, Danys Baez, Laynce Nix and Bill Giles.

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Utley was one of nine people to offer remembrances of Halladay. He choked up talking about Halladay’s sons Braden, 17, and Ryan, 13.

“That was probably the hardest part,” Utley said. “I have two boys myself. It really hit home. You try to keep it together. As a baseball

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