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Fare Thee Well, Brad Lidge

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, January 26, 2012 07:16 PM | Comments: 42
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Brad Lidge moves on to the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $1 million deal. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia and was integral in the 2008 World Championship as he went 48-for-48 in save opportunities that season, which is something the fans in this town will never forget.

Injuries have wrecked his career as of late, but Washington decided to take a flier on him to help guide a young bullpen down in D.C. Lidge is one of the nicest people, baseball or not, and is filled with the wisdom of nearly a decade in the majors.

Lidge reportedly received a low-ball offer from the Phillies to stay in town, so he decided to take the better financial deal rather than try to make the team on a minor-league contract.

We wish Brad well in Washington, except for when he faces the Phillies. Can anyone else feel the remnants of 2008 slowly slipping away? Kinda depressing if you think about it…

If you’d like, please share your thoughts on Brad Lidge in this space.

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  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    2008 seems like such a long time ago. It IS slipping away, for sure. Hell, even Eric Bruntlett is gone, too! I can still see Lidge dropping to the ground, Chooch running towards the mound, all while listening to Harry the K make that magical call…

    Anyway, I wish Lidge well in DC. This move makes sense for him – take the guaranteed, major-league deal and maybe help mentor some young guys.

     
  • Posts: 5222 Lefty

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    Good luck to Brad Lidge. His 2008 season will always be held in high esteem.

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Fare thee well, might warrior….fare thee well.

    You mean we get to hit off that tomato can this year?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 BDPhils

    Best of luck to Lidge in DC – while he was never what he was in 2008, he still gave us an incredible season! Also, as noted in the article, probably one of the nicest guys in the game.

     
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    Yeah, Dipsy, we get to hit off him and I bet that Ryan Howard swings and misses at that slider in the dirt.

     
    • Posts: 0 Andrew from Harrisburg

      Or flies out on a 3-0 pitch.

       
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Good luck Brad.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Lidge, “Lights Out” – it was incredible to see him operate in 08. That season, what Brad accomplished will live in the hearts of Philadelphians for generations to come – stories will be told to grandchildren and their kids about how that season and Brad’s perfection.

    He did try valiantly to come back, especially last year. Absolutely no velocity, he still found a way to keep the Phils in games, incredible Lidge.

    He will be missed and I wish him the best of luck in Natsville.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    That was an incrediable 2008, that image will stay with me for life. And though he was bashed a lot in the last few years, and other then 2009 where he was off a lot, he was a better reliver then given credit for in the last two years, even though it was a injury plagued carreer in Philly after 2008. He will be missed, and I am sorry to say that I do not think he will make it through the year without significant amount of time. And when he comes in to a game in Philly he will be, and should be cheered, and then cheered against as he gives up three runs. Nice to see AFW changed his name but we do not have to change his initials and he still has nothing new to say

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    I told my grand daughter who’ll be 18 in April about Brad being dealt to the Nats. Her reaction was not expected. She said, “OMG, he was the best reliever ever in 2008, he was lights out!” – she actually sobbed and said she couldn’t believe it.

    Brad left an amazing impression on this city. It was tough to see his demise and great to see how hard he tried to come back, he changed the way he pitched because he had to.

    I agree with Beta – he probably won’t make the entire season next year due to injuries. But it will be terrific to see him.

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      That’s a Phillies fan right there, Brooks. You’ve taught her well.

       
      • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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        I am lucky, this is probably the only bond we have between us but its really special. Other than that – she hates me – typical teenager.

         
  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Still has one of the best sliders ever thrown in baseball. Actually had a good year with us last year.

    2008 was magical with a lot of luck thrown in.

    Howard will strikeout 75% against Lidge, that slider just falls off the table!

     
  • Posts: 1135 EricL

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    I wish the weeble well in Washington.

    As for the question as to whether I “feel the remnants of 2008 slowly slipping away,” yes and no. It felt worse when they were trying to cobble together a replica of their 2008 magic in 2009 by trotting Pedro Martinez onto the mound at Yankee Stadium, and it’s a little sad to see guys who were integral to the success of that team go, but it hurt more watching guys who were still good leaving, like Werth, Burrell (at the time) and Madson.

    The team, however, I’ve never had more confidence in. Sure, they have holes here and there, just like every team in baseball, but on the whole this is the best baseball team this city has seen in a very, very long time…if ever. I appreciate that, and it can’t be the case if you hold on to guys who just don’t have it anymore.

    Personally, I’d rather have Papelbon than Lidge, Polanco than Feliz, Halladay than Myers, Lee than Moyer (although I still love Jamie), Worley (or anyone, really) than Eaton, etc. Sure, I wish Rollins, Howard and Utley were still in their late 20s, but even as elder-statesmen of the game they’re still amongst the top players at their respective positions. I really do think they’ve got as good a shot as any team at capturing a championship. And if it takes letting go of the some of that sentiment of the past to get them to where they are today, well so be it, IMO.

    (How’s that for a positive comment, haters ;-) )

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Well said. For all its age and injuries and holes, the 2012 team should still be one of the best in baseball, and one of the best in team history.

      They are still the favorite to win the WS according to one report I saw on Vegas odds, at 5.5 to 1.

      OTOH, you never know what happens from year to year, and the pre-season favorite almost never actually wins the WS (which is not surprising given the odds — even the favorite is 5.5 times more likely to NOT win it all).

      Which is why I’ll worry about the WS if and when they make the playoffs, and in the meantime I look forward to an interesting and exciting regular season.

       
      • Posts: 0 Don M

        I think that’s all anyone can ask going into a season… that your team has a roster that, if things go to plan, can compete to win a Championship …

        Which is why every year, I have faith in this team.. tip my cap to the team that kncoked us out, and you hoep for the best in the next season..

        I think the Phillies will win the World Series next year .

         
  • Posts: 0 Mike DeLise

    Thank you for 2008 Brad. You were a class act! Best of luck in the future. You will always have a special place in our hearts in Philadelphia!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jim rud

    He took everything we gave him the love and cheers to the boos and handled it like a pro a real class act he gave us fans a worldseries he will always be loved by this city now i wish him well untill he plays against the phills lol but good luck thank you for an amazing run

     
  • Posts: 0 Barb Dittmar Ward

    Good Luck Brad. Our loss, the collective Phillies Nation, is the Nationals gain. So it goes… again. Thanks for the memories. We’ll miss the “Lights out Lidge” moments.

     
  • Posts: 0 mortimer

    I am glad I got the chance to get your autograph at the Phestival, Brad. You will be missed.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Farewell, Brad! You had a great season, but have you done lately? Good move, Phillies

     
  • Posts: 0 Kathleen

    Good luck Brad u will be missed!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lynn

    Brad, the summer of 2008 will always be The Summer for me, and it’s almost all because of you. Thank you so much.

     
  • Posts: 1 nytengale19

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    Farewell, Brad! It has been amazing working and watching you play these past years, and 08 will always be the best of course.

     
  • Posts: 0 Eric

    Best of luck to Brad in DC. Phillies fans will always remember that final pitch to strike out Eric Hinske when you dropped to your knees as you were bombarded by all your teammates. Thank you for helping bring us a long overdue championship.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sylvia

    Best wishes for the future Brad ! You will be well remembered for our 2008 victory !

     
  • Posts: 87 Johanna

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    It is so nice to see so many well wishes to Brad Lidge on here. The Phillies Nation post on Facebook got so many nasty hateful comments, I was embarrassed.

    Brad was an exciting player in 08, I remember being on the edge of my seat in many games, many games where it looked like he was going to give up his perfect season, but the defense behind him never let that happen. 2008 was one of the best baseball seasons I have ever witnessed and Brad was a huge part of that. This is not an easy sport, and pitchers especially take a beating. It was sad to see him get injured and decline in the years following, but I always loved his team spirit and dedication to the game. I wish him well, and I will always cherish the memory of the 2008 season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pat Tartack

    Good Luck Brad you will always have fond memories in our heart from the World Series of 2008. We will never forget you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Marie

    Brad,

    Good luck to you in your future endeavors, and many thanks for the fantastic 2008 season, and the wonderful memories you helped create for Phillies fans!! Thank you for taking a moment in Oct 2008, to autograph my Phillies tshirt on my birthday at Cheesecake Factory in Cherry Hill. You really made my day!

     
  • Posts: 1 htdgz

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    Good bye Brad….you will be missed! THANK YOU for one of the best memories of my life….2008 will always be an awesome memory – one that brings a smile to this face! See you soon – unfortunately in a Nats unifor :(

     
  • Posts: 0 So. Jersey Phillies Fan

    I will forever associate the 2008 World Series win with Brad’s last pitch and drop to his knees to embrace Chooch – I can never see that clip enough! I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Brad and as sad as I am to see him go, I wish him nothing but continued success! Philly loves you, Brad!

     
  • Posts: 222 tavian

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    Another proud Notre Damer, Brad Lidge, signs for another year. Haven’t you made enough money without humiliating yourself in DC. Good luck though. And thanks for 2008.

     
    • Posts: 0 brooks

      nice pep talk T

       
  • Posts: 0 Debbie

    Thanks for the memories, Brad, especially 2008! The picture of you on your knees after striking out the last batter to win the WS will forever be etched in my memory. So sad to see you go, but wish you all the best as you continue your career in Washington.

     
  • Posts: 0 RAAckerman@Cerebratio

    I am sorry to see you go, Brad, When you were good, you were stupendous. And, we all have bad days.
    I guess you will cause me to visit the Nationals when I’m not out driving to Philly to catch my team. (I do live in VA.)
    Keep em guessing- unless you play the Phils!

     
  • Posts: 8 John Russo

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  • Posts: 0 davehist

    A pro, a class act, and a real gentleman. Brad Lidge has a special place in Phillies history for 2008 and for the final strikeout of Hinson, and we will always remember him. Hope he does well with the Nationals, but not against the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Doreen Lawrence

    Brad. We will miss you. You have given us many good moments in baseball. Good luck with your new team.

     
  • Posts: 0 davehist

    I meant Hinske, of course, not Hinson.

     
  • Posts: 0 Anna

    The team wont be the same without you! i wish you stayed. 2008 happened because of you. will miss you and Maddog.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mary Wagner

    Farewell Brad Lidge. You made a lot of games quite interesting and stressful but you usually got the job done. I enjoyed every game you pitched in. Lots of luck..

     
  • Posts: 0 ann

    Farewell Brad. I will miss you. Thanks for the 2008 season and your part in it. The World Series would not have been the same with out you. Thanks for being such a team player.
    Glad I will get to see you with the Nats.
    Good Luck with your New Team.

     
 
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