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Brad Lidge Reportedly Retiring

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, December 02, 2012 10:21 PM | Comments: 8
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Lidge is ready to retire. (MLB)

After several injury-riddled seasons and dealing with the loss of velocity on his fastball, it appears Brad Lidge is hangin’ ‘em up. Jayson Stark of ESPN broke the news via Twitter that Lidge, 35, will retire.

Last season, Lidge was cut by the Nationals after posting an ERA near 10 during his stint there. He was brought in for veteran leadership, but just could not cut it with a sagging fastball and a predictable slider.

Of course, we all remember that beautiful slider, the hug with Chooch, and 48-for-48. Lidge will forever remain an icon in this city for the remarkable season he put forth in 2008.

Beyond The Hug and 48-for-48, what are some of your fondest memories of Lidge?

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  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    His 48 for 48 will always be remembered. He was just plain scary after that. I wish him well in retirement and appreciate his professionalism.

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I truly believe that the celebration at the final of the 08 series is what started his decline.
    That season, his name “lights out” was a staple and a guarantee of victory. For the first half of 08, when he came in he shut down the opponents 1-2-3. Incredible to watch and be a part of.
    Forever a part of this city Brad. Would it have been possible without him? Maybe but with him, it was a guarantee.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Chest pounding and skipping heartbeats just about every time he took the mound.

     
  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    2008 was fantastic for a variety of reasons, culminating in the world series victory. His slow, painful, steady demise was just about as hard to watch as the world series victory was euphoric. That 48th save, however, will always be his defining moment. Good luck to Brad the rest of the way.

     
  • Posts: 4974 Lefty

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    I also had a chance to meet Brad and he was a quite gregarious. IMO – We may soon see him in a baseball radio or TV booth somewhere.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mary Pat

    I agree with Lefty! He’s a smart, articulate, extremely personable guy! I’d love to see him in broadcasting! But first, he needs to retire as a Phillie.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    In a way, Brad Lidge is fortunate to be calling it a career at age 35. While that’s a little young to be voluntarily calling it a day, he’s still got some prime years of youth to enjoy his fortune before it’s too late to start career number 2. Fantasies often include taking a year off, he really could take 2-3 off after earning over 50 mil in The Show, still have plenty of savings (hopefully), and not be gone from the game too terribly long if he chose to get back in. Beats the hell out of lingering until your 42, and the kids are that much older. On the one hand, part of me says 35 is young to quit, the way everyone looks for relief help, but with time flying when it’s enveloped in fun, it’s near impossible to remember the 7 years of injury plagued seasons Pat mentioned on the most recent part of his resume.

    If I expand my mind to go beyond the kneel in front of the mound in ’08, the lasting memory I take from Brad is the patience Charlie had with him. It was amazing at the time, and you have to live in the now, but longer term, the way it looks from the outside, it’s probably something Lidge appreciated, and learned from, and will take to the future. Patience, to say the least, is a valuble lesson to be exposed to.

    Broadcaster? I dunno. This was hashed around elsewhere over a year ago. I might have been the first to mention his post career, which I thought a role as a pitching coach was entirely possible. That mention wasn’t laughed at, but it was followed by a wave of folks that mentioned how amiable he was with the press that might lead toward a broadcasting career. For no primary reason, I’ll stick with the pitching coach guess, and with assistant batting coaches the in thing, can multiple pitching coaches be far behind? Brad would likely be a helluva choice to oversee a bullpen. He maybe couldn’t always do it, but I’d like to think he always knew how. He helped Madson, and that’s evidence enough for me.

     
 
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