Phillies P Halladay a hero even in the offseason

Philadelphia Philllies' Roy Halladay practice before the start of baseball spring training, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

February 21, 2012 3:57:59 PM PST
Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter, all in the same year. He also won a Cy Young Award in each league, has been to eight All-Star games, and is one of the best pitchers in baseball history.

Yet for all his accomplishments on the mound, Halladay finds himself talking more about snakes these days.

Who knew?

Despite being outpitched by his good buddy, Chris Carpenter, in Game 5 of the NLDS in which St. Louis upset Philadelphia 1-0, Halladay's legend grew a bit this offseason for a heroic effort far from the ordinary.

Halladay, Carpenter and some friends were on a fishing trip in the Amazon when they rescued a fisherman who had been bitten by an Anaconda.