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Roy Halladay’s life was celebrated yesterday

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Yesterday was not Roy Halladay’s funeral. Rather, it was a “celebration of life” for the late Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher. It took place in Clearwater, Florida on the Phillies spring training field. It featured Halladay’s family, friends and teammates, all of whom shared their stories and memories.

Chase Utley, Charlie Manuel, Carlos Ruiz, Chris Carpenter and J.P. Ricciardi were among the speakers from Halladay’s baseball life. His father, Roy Halladay Jr. and his wife Brandy Halladay likewise spoke.  In attendance were former teammates and friends Frank Thomas, Jimmy Rollins, Jose Bautista, Cito Gaston, Ryan Howard, A.J. Burnett, Carlos Ruiz, Aaron Hill, Shane Victorino, Orlando Hudson, Brad Lidge, Scott Rolen, Cliff Lee, B.J. Ryan, Raul Ibanez, John McDonald and Kyle Kendrick.

From Brandy Halladay’s 18-minute speech, which invoked her sons, Braden and Ryan Halladay, who are 17 and 13, respectively:

“We miss him, but we still have so much of him. We still have a million phone cords and iPads. We have enough cigars to open our own store. We have a garage full of model airplanes. We still have his not-so-secret stash of hidden ice cream sandwiches. And best of all, I still get to see him every day because I look at you. And if this is what it took for me to have you boys, then it’s worth it.”

Tough stuff, but warm memories of a man who will be long remembered:

Video: Aristides Aquino becomes fastest player to 10 home runs in MLB history

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There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.

The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)

So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).