Roy Halladay has never been much for pomp and circumstance, though he'll have to learn to live with far more of it as the ace of the Phillies than he ever experienced in 11-plus seasons in Toronto. He got a taste of it in December when—after two days and nights sequestered in a downtown Philly hotel with his wife, Brandy—he was spotted by members of the local media and a blazing-hot story was instantly born.The truth is, he didn't so much mind it, just as he wouldn't have minded a little more company as he pulled on his Phillies uniform for the first time before a Sporting News interview and photo shoot in Clearwater, Fla., in late January. But none of his new teammates, nor a single member of the Phillies' big-league staff, was there to see it."At least nobody can take it away now," he said, tucking in his No 34 jersey just so as he looked around at an empty Bright House Networks Field The six-time All-Star—who went to the Phillies in the blockbuster deal that also sent Cliff Lee to Seattle—spoke with Steve Greenberg for a Sporting News magazine interview The following are excerpts and outtakes from that interview, which is on newsstands now.
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