Roy Halladay had barely set foot into the National League on Monday when the Nationals sent him a tell-tale sign that he's no longer in the AL East.
Then, Halladay sent word that he really could care less, thank you very much.
On Halladay's first two pitches, Nats speedster Nyjer Morgan poked a single -- and then swiped second base. Five pitches after that, Ryan Zimmerman boomed an opposite-field, RBI double. And two batters later, Halladay walked Josh Willingham.
For a pitcher who sets a goal of fewer walks than games started each year, it was rough waters.
Which just goes to show you: Even the best pitcher in the game isn't invincible. Whether it was Opening Day, President Obama's appearance or the Nationals' approach -- maybe a bit of all of the above -- Halladay's Philadelphia debut was memorable after only one inning.
Not surprisingly, though, by the end of Philadelphia's 11-1 rout of the Nationals, he made it memorable for all the same reasons he made so many nights in Toronto memorable.
That noise in the first was the last anybody heard from the Nationals. Halladay breezed through seven innings, holding the Nats to that one run while scattering six hits. He fanned nine and walked two, and his ERA after one NL start stands at a tidy 1.29.
That already miniscule ERA will be worth watching. Facing weaker lineups than he faced in the AL, there is every reason to believe that Monday's start will be step one for Halladay toward winning his second Cy Young award.