NEW YORK Roy Halladay arrived in Philadelphia to a standing ovation, a $60 million contract extension and the billing as baseballs top ace. That was before he threw a single pitch.
Doc delivered, and then some.
Halladay added another victory to an almost perfect season Tuesday, unanimously winning the NL Cy Young Award and becoming the fifth pitcher to earn the honor in both leagues.
Its by far the most fun Ive ever had playing this game, he said on a conference call from Mexico, where he was golfing with Phillies teammate Mike Sweeney, Cardinals star Chris Carpenter and pitcher Chris Young.
It was everything I hoped it would be, Halladay said.
In the Year of the Pitcher, he became the only one ever to throw a perfect game and no-hitter in the same season.
Halladay was an easy choice after going 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 219 strikeouts. He led the league in wins and topped the majors in innings (250 2/3), shutouts (4) and complete games (9).
Halladay received all 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Adam Wainwright of St. Louis was second, and Ubaldo Jimenez of Colorado was third. San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum, who won the last two NL Cy Youngs, finished 11th.
Its surprising, said Halladay, an Arvada West High School alumnus and Colorado native. There could have been a lot of cases made, strong cases.
This years AL Cy Young Award winner will be announced Thursday. The AL and NL managers of the year will be presented today.
Acquired from Toronto last December, Halladay quickly adjusted to a new league and added to the 2003 AL Cy Young he won with the Blue Jays.
Halladay threw a perfect game at Florida on May 29, then tossed a no-hitter against Cincinnati in his postseason debut.
Halladay finished with a perfect 224 points. Wainwright (20-11, 2.42 ERA) got 28 second-place votes and 122 points, and Jimenez (19-8, 2.88 ERA) got the other four seconds and 90 points.
It was definitely special for me ... knowing how great the competition was and how good guys were doing, Halladay said.