Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman to wear No. 34 in honour of Roy Halladay

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman will honour former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay by wearing No. 34 this season.

In a statement released on his Twitter account, Gausman called Halladay his “idol.”

“For years I watched him dominate his competition,” Gausman wrote. “To me, Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams — being a pitcher just like him.”

Gausman added that being from Colorado, he felt extra close to Halladay, a Denver native.

“I’d like to think we have our own fraternity amongst ourselves,” Gausman wrote.

Halladay died in a plane crash on Nov. 7 at the age of 40. He was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era, winning two Cy Young Awards in his 16-year career with both the Blue Jays and Phillies.

“The loss of Roy was tragic and is saddening, but I feel honoured to have watched everything he achieved,” wrote Gausman. “I plan to wear #34 next season to honour Roy Halladay both on and off the field.”

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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