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Brad Lidge Came Out from the Bullpen Last Night and It Was Awesome

Aug 2, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

The Phillies suffered another ugly loss on Thursday night because Jonathan Papelbon did something Brad Lidge didn’t do in the entire 2008 season: blow a save.

Lidge was in Philadelphia yesterday to sign a one-day contract and officially retire as a member of the Phillies. In perhaps the best moment of the evening, after showing a brief montage of the 2008 World Series-clinching strikeout of Eric Hinske as called by the legendary Harry Kalas, Lidge came out from the bullpen one last time and made his way to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to none other than Carlos Ruiz. It was a pretty special moment.

Then the game started.

You can watch Lidge trot out from the pen last night here. And he talks about retirement below.

  1. Scott - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Ah 2008. Everything that was right in the world. Hard nosed gritty team full of young players having fun and earning their pay. Not the most talented but a ‘team’.

    Now fast forward to 2013, and you wonder what the hell happened. Sad.

    • rip - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      they won a ring. that’s what happened.

      and they were pretty talented. Jimmy was an MVP, Ryan was ROY and MVP and averaged 50 bombs, Chase was an all star, Lidge an All Star, Pat the Bat, Cole.

      They had talent.

    • Beardy - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM


      2008 was the perfect storm. Utley and Howard were at the peak of their careers, Lidge was unbelievable, Hamels was still relatively new, and the book was still being written on him, Rollins was the living breathing heart of this team, and played like it, Werth became the power bat we miss, and the team was loaded with players that wanted nothing more to do in their careers than win a World Series title.

      Now? I don’t get that same desire anymore. The leaders of this team, and especially the ones with big contracts? I just don’t get the feeling they want to win it all anymore. This entire franchise rested on its laurels too much after 2008. The pitching staff changed, but the lineup stagnated, and then regressed, with no legitimate help brought in to fix it.

      Fortunately, we won’t be this way for long. We have too high of a payroll to fall back into the gutter for a long stretch. We will be back, but its going to take some time, and its going to take a roster overhaul. I look at what Boston did over the offseason, and I hope the Phils can do something similar.

  2. chuckles - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    great dude


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