January 27, 2012
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High Hopes Fulfilled
It takes a lot for me to come out and write a post anymore, considering how awful/stupid I feel for actually thinking the Eagles might be good this year. But one thing that will bring the Rick Reilly “Homecoming” emotions out of me is another team signing a guy like Brad Lidge. The Phil’s decided that 1 year 1 million dollars was just too much to bring back, in my opinion, one of the most important Philadelphia athletes in the last 30 years. Overstatement? Maybe, but I doubt it.
Brad Lidge threw the pitch that lifted 100 seasons of frustration, torment, anger, helplessness off the city of Philadelphia, and started an era of Phillies baseball that has been unprecedented. Lidge was 48 for 48 that season in save opportunities. The only game that he lost? The All-Star Game in which the American League won thus ensuring them home field in the World Series. The irony of that is, that if he would have won that game for the National League, the Phils would have celebrated their championship in Tampa Bay instead of South Philly on that cold fall night. So Lidge’s only hiccup that year paved the way for one of the craziest parties Philly has ever thrown. I still get choked up thinking about that night and how perfect it was. Harry Kalas, the legendary Phillies announcer, had never gotten to call the last out of the World Series. That night allowed him to put the icing on the cake of a Hall of Fame career before he tragically passed away the following year. It was a story book ending to fairy tale year that I will never forget. I still have that picture of him dropping to his knees looking into the sky hanging in my office, and undoubtedly it will never move. So thanks Brad, for the good times, and the bad. Because without both, we would never be able to appreciate how great 2008 really was.