PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 07: Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Divisional Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The death of former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was a shock to everyone, and Philadelphia TV stations are airing tributes to the pitcher who threw a regular season perfect game and postseason no-hitter in 2010. But the choice of video by NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate during a morning news segment confused some people.

During an interview with former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., WCAU elected to show a sequence of Halladay giving up a slew of home runs. It was rather strange:

WCAU could have elected to air other footage, like the no-hitters, or the day when Halladay came to the Philllies, or any one of his dominant starts in the red pinstripes, yet viewers saw him giving up taters instead. For those unfamiliar with Halladay, they might have thought all he did was give up home runs.

Such a strange choice.

UPDATE: CTV in Toronto did the same thing, using a video of Halladay giving up a long fly ball that nearly went over the fence.


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He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.