Beerleaguer: Now that I think of it, the last time I heard Halladay speak, he was trying to decipher David Aldridge's weird, awkward, garbled line of questioning following his NLDS no-hitter. I also can't remember the last time a Phillie said something - off the cuff - that was particularly insightful or compelling. "We are the team to beat," may be the last. Or maybe the time Jamie Moyer voiced his frustration over his 2009 bullpen demotion, which was, if memory serves, immediately criticized by the very same media. If you want honesty and spontaneity from your Philadelphia athletes, try following a few of them on Twitter. Apart from that, they'll follow the same "aw shucks" script, and it seems like the Phillies, in general, have become quite good at being intentionally dull and avoiding newsgatherers, particularly the one in question here.
If Doc doesn't speak on non-pitching days - and I'll take Eskin at his word on that - he wouldn't be the first. In my embarrassingly limited experience, players are extremely reluctant to carve out bonus time for the growing media hoards swarming the locker room. Maybe Halladay's shy. Or busy with his workouts. Or maybe he just doesn't like reporters or gigantic high-def cameras in his face. As long as he's winning 21 games, why should anyone care? And as a consumer of news, I'd rather have the journalist's time spent telling us what the Phillies are doing to win us a championship.