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Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:41 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Is there anything Roy Halladay can't do?

The Phillies ace, who was runner-up in the NL Cy Young voting this past season, recently went on a fishing trip in Brazil with friends Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan. While on the Amazon River, Halladay helped rescue a man who had been wounded by an anaconda. The news was passed along by Skeet Reese, who is a Bassmaster champion, on his blog. Here's an excerpt:
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 a** 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 a**, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
Amazing, indeed.

Anacondas are among the largest snakes in the world. While they aren't venomous, they wrap themselves around their prey and literally squeeze the life out of said prey. It's unreal that this local fisherman lived though an encounter. And, of course, you have to give Halladay and Reese kudos for helping the guy get outta there. They had to be fearful the snake would return, right?

Also, you gotta give props to Carpenter and Ryan for taking down a caiman.

And all three now have off-field stories they can tell the rest of their lives.

Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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Comments

Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

@Inimical... you do realize that there are bears, wolves, alligators, etc. in the USA that are as capable of snacking on people? 

Where's your sense of adventure?  If Doc, Carp and BJ want to go hunting, more power to them. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Props for taking down a caiman? they shot the freaking thing. I'd have been impressed if they took it down with a fastball. What was the count on the thing 2-2. Maybe a backdoor slider would have been appropriate. Was the caiman known for taking pitchers out? Was it Chris Kayman? 



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

amen brother.    i am a big man.    got that right.  we need to find a woman who does not work and lays around all day waiting for you to get home.    i think we need some russian women.   they listen to their man.   all american women that work end up screwing around on you anyway.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

Real anaconda was Chris Carpenter, the real trip to Brazil was the 2011 NLDS, and the moral of the story was....Carpenter put a stranglehold on the Phillies.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

if i was making the money they made i would be no where near anything that can eat a man.. wait a minute i live in america plenty of women that do that here..  nevermind..



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

I'm thankful I'm not one of those people who has to try and ruin everything.

- Matt



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

"Taking down a caiman".....dude, they shot an unexpecting animal. It's not like they wrestled it and pinned it, or ran it down. The animal was just chilling and got shot. That's like "giving props" to someone coming by and punching you in the back of the head and knocking you out. There's no toughness in that.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Halladay helps rescue anaconda attack survivor

There are things that they call man-eaters in Brazil. Because they eat, people. Why are you over there in a place where there are things that can eat you.


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