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Doc offers token of appreciation

Doc offers token of appreciation

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies clubhouse personnel hustled around the clubhouse before the game distributing a pair of boxes.

First, everyone got a Carlos Ruiz bobblehead figurine. Second, the Phillies got a keepsake they will never forget from Roy Halladay.

Halladay had watches engraved for not only his teammates, but all traveling and clubhouse personnel as a tribute to his perfect game at Florida on May 29.

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Encased in a wooded box with a glass top was a watch. The top of the box read "Perfect Game, May 29, 2010" and the front read "We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay." On the Baume & Mercier is the recipient's name, line score and date.

"I'm completely blown away by it," left fielder Raul Ibanez said. "The way I look at it is, I should have been getting him something, you know? Because I've never even been on the field for one of those. They're so rare. Gosh, that kind of gesture is really moving. It's one of the classiest things I've ever seen."

"Absolutely amazing," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It shows how much he cares. It shows how much he's a part of our team and how he looks at us. That's the first time I've ever gotten something like that. It's very neat. It's very special."

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