ST. LOUIS -- Former Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, like many in the Major League Baseball community, extended his condolences to the family of Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash off the coast of Florida on Tuesday. Halladay, an eight-time All-Star during his 16-year MLB career, was 40 years old.
"I love him and Brandy, and I am so sad for her and the kids," Carpenter said in a statement he released through the Cardinals. "We grew up together [and] went through good and bad times together. He was an amazing pitcher, competitor, teammate and friend. I have so many memories with him and his family. I will miss him."
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Forever linked because of their epic duel in Game 5 of the 2011 National League Division Series, Carpenter and Halladay shared a friendship that had blossomed years earlier when they were young pitchers in Toronto's organization. They were both first-round Draft picks -- Carpenter in 1993, Halladay in '95 -- and made their Major League debuts within a year of one another.
Carpenter pitched in Toronto through the 2002 season; Halladay remained there through '09. Both were Cy Young Award winners.
Even as their careers took Carpenter and Halladay separate ways, the two remained close. They would spend time together in the offseason, including a fishing trip into the Amazon rainforest in South America after the 2011 season. That excursion came just weeks after Halladay and Carpenter met on the mound in a win-or-go-home NLDS game between the Phillies and Cards that remains one of the classic postseason pitchers' duels in recent memory.
Halladay allowed a first-inning run in his eight-inning effort, but Carpenter bettered him by pitching a shutout to secure a 1-0 victory that helped the Cardinals advance. The Cards finished their postseason run that October by capturing the franchise's 11th championship.
Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.