New Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay took out a full-page ad in yesterday's

Toronto Sun

to thank the Blue Jays organization, the city and the fans for their support.

Halladay had been with the organization since he was drafted in the first round in 1995. He was acquired last week in a blockbuster deal for three minor leaguers and $6 million, and signed an extension with the Phillies.

The ad features letterhead topped with "ROY HALLADAY" and the following note:

"My wife Brandy, sons Braden and Ryan, and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, its incredible fans, and the City of Toronto.

"I feel blessed to have been part of the Blue Jays since 1995 and am extremely grateful for the opportunities it has provided. Throughout this past 15 years, there have been so many people within the organization that have made a wonderful and significant impact in my life, it would be impossible to name them all.

"I am sincerely grateful for the incredible support and compassion the Blue Jays fans have always shown me. I am in awe of your overwhelming passion and devotion.

"Toronto will forever have a special place in my heart.

"The memories will last a lifetime and so will my gratitude.

"Best regards,

"Roy"