Gone But Not Forgotten

27 Jan

Brad Lidge is no longer a Philadelphia Phillie today after signing a one-year one million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals.  Gone is that familiar walk from the bullpen when Lidge was coming in to yet another tight game in the ninth.  Gone is that filthy slider Lidge used to such great effect in 2008.  And gone is the classy man who even after the toughest losses suffered later in his Phillies career was always by his locker willing to answer questions, willing to take responsibility, willing to stand tall in good times and bad.  And that, my friends, is even more rare these days than that nasty slider.

But what will never be forgotten is that magical journey we had in 2008.  A journey that very well might have ended differently if not for the quiet, classy closer who was nothing short of perfect that World Series-winning year.  Lidge went an historic 48-48 and was on the mound when the Phillies clinched the division and, of course, when they finally won it all.

And yesterday, to no one’s surprise, he was the same classy Brad Lidge he has always been.  Although he was “surprised and disappointed” that he wasn’t able to work things out with the Phillies, when asked how he felt about leaving, he had this to say.

“I enjoyed the hell out of my time here.  I’d thank every fan personally if I could.”

No, Brad, we thank you.  For the perfect season, for your huge role in bringing us our first World Series Championship in 28 years, and for, well, just for being Brad Lidge.

And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one’s worth a million.





6 Responses to “Gone But Not Forgotten”

  1. Paula Freilich January 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    What a lovely tribute. You are my only contact with baseball and the Phillies in particular. Thanks, Paula

    • girlsbestphriend January 28, 2012 at 2:37 am #

      Thank you. It makes me feel especially good when a non-baseball fan not only reads my blog but takes the time to comment! Thanks, Paula.

  2. Sydney January 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Brad Lidge made my birthday in 2008 the best one ever! I’ll never forget my dad pacing in our family room as we prayed that Lidge wouldn’t blow his perfect season when it mattered most, and celebrating with my first EVER glass of champagne after his final strike out! He definitely was a hero.

    But more vividly, I remember my Uncle Jan’s opinion of Brad Lidge in 2009. At one point during a not so successful season for Lidge, he told me that “They call him Lights out Lidge because when he gets on the mound, we turn our lights out and go to bed”.

    • girlsbestphriend January 28, 2012 at 2:38 am #

      Now that made me laugh out loud! Thanks, Syd. I can totally hear Jan saying that but even Jan will admit that Brad will always have a special place in his heart.

  3. Ray January 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Well said !!!!!

    Who can forget 2008, that just about as magical a season as one person can have!!!! He will be missed, especially since our bullpen is a young one and we could have used his presence just to mentor the “kids”.

    • girlsbestphriend January 28, 2012 at 2:40 am #

      I agree. But maybe a change will be good for him (as long as he’s not too good when he faces us.)

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