Doc shows new side in 'MLB 2K11' ad

Doc shows new side in 'MLB 2K11' ad

Doc shows new side in 'MLB 2K11' ad
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Halladay has the Carlos Ruiz pillow/doll/toy/whatever-it-is at his home in Florida.

It's in his youngest son's bedroom.

Halladay shot a commercial for 2K Sports' "MLB 2K11" three or four weeks ago, and Phillies fans love it. Who knew Halladay could act? Who knew he had comedic timing?

"Are you guys saying I'm boring?" Halladay said with a laugh on Friday morning at Bright House Field.

No, but an athlete acting can be a train wreck. For every Peyton Manning, there are 10 athletes who look like extras in a high school theater production. They can be rigid and robotic -- but not Halladay. He looked natural, although he said an acting career is not in his future.

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"I didn't feel natural," Halladay said. "But it was fun. I had a good time doing it."

Halladay, who said the entire commercial took about 1 1/2 hours to shoot at a home in Florida, enjoyed showing the fun side of his personality. Fans and media mostly see his work ethic, which has made the right-hander arguably the best pitcher in baseball. They don't see a guy who can make people laugh.

"When you're here, it's obviously all business," Halladay said. "I don't think people ever see really who you are outside the field. So, yeah, I think it's good. I've always kept that stuff separate. I enjoyed doing it. And it was fun, because it involved 'Chooch.' That kind of made it fun."

Halladay's co-star is a pillow with Ruiz's picture on it.

"I couldn't get a hold of [Ruiz]," Halladay said. "He's got, like, six phone numbers. I guess, finally, through the players' union, they got a hold of him. They obviously had to get his OK to do it. They got his approval and went from there."

Halladay said he was on board with the idea of acting with a Ruiz pillow from the beginning.

"There were a couple of proposals early, and I liked that one," he said. "It seemed to make sense. That was definitely one of my favorites."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.