During Amazon Fishing Trip, Roy Halladay, MLB Pals Help Boy After Anaconda Attack
Wait. What? Like an enthralling tale of Man vs. Nature ripped right out of an issue of National Geographic (or as story out of Reader’s Digest if that’s your thing) and arguably one of the strangest stories that will likely emerge during the MLB offseason (R.A. Dickey’s upcoming climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro notwithstanding), Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay’s adventure in the Amazon was rife with thrills, a threat of danger and finally, a noble act of kindness.
You see, Halladay was on a fishing trip in the Amazon with buddies and fellow major leaguers Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan as well as pro angler Skeet Reese when they happened upon a local boy on the riverbanks clearly in distress. As told by Reese (via ZWR by way of The700Level):
We had plenty of wildlife encounters though. Along with the fishing, we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a caiman; which is like an alligator. Me and Doc Halladay even came across a local, sitting bare naked on a tree by the river. What we were able to figure out is that he was fishing in the river for tropical fish to sell for aquariums when he got attacked by an anaconda.
The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
Amazing indeed. You know, considering their thirst for adventure, Halladay and the above-mentioned Dickey should start a nature show together. They could call it “Doc Dickey’s Dynamic Nature Excursions And Adventure Cavalcade” or something like that.