Brad Lidge’s Honorary Cardinal Card Officially Revoked

pujolsandlidge.jpgJust as the homerun he gave up to Albert Pujols during the 2005 NLCS finally falls back to earth, so too does Brad Lidge’s status as an elite Major League closer.  Having notched his seventh blown save of the season (by giving up a game-tying single to bonafide bust Milton Bradley no less), Lidge forces us to ask the serious question:

Who in the world is going to be fooled by that low and away slider when you throw it on the first pitch? 

And then, I gotta follow up by asking:

Who in the world is going to be fooled by that right-down-central fastball you are forced to throw after they don’t swing at the low and away slider early in the count?

There was a time (it was just last year actually) when Brad Lidge was one of the most feared pitchers in the league.  Nowadays he’s looking more and more like Mitch Williams circa 1997 (or Kevin Gregg today — in both cases, it ain’t good).

Lidge lucked out in that his team won it in extras but that doesn’t change the fact that he gave Cardinal fans the type of heart attack once only attributable to prospective hunting trips led by Dick Cheney (no, that will never get old).  The Phillies, this year, have proven over and over again that there ain’t no such thing as a sure thing and Lidge’s once-devastating slider is definitely not a sure thing.

You want a sure thing? 

Bet on an MMA fight looking at least kinda gay.

Just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

22 Comments

But when he blows a save against the Cards, his honorary membership in Cardinals nation will be restored, right? Especially if it’s during the ALCS.
-Erin
http://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

I’m as sure that Brad Lidge is a great way to give a Phillies fan a heart attack, as I am sure that Joey will feel the same way when I show him this article. Know thats something to bet on

Johnny
http://13mlb.mlblogs.com/

Erin — If he finds a way for the Cards to benefit from his poor (or good – if that exists) performances, then yes, full restoration will take place.
Johnny — Do it! Bet on it!
–Jeff

Wait – fast balls right down the center are bad? Who knew!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

You know, I never could quite understand the interest in MMA and UFC — the blood, the cages, the no-holds barred style. Then I saw a MMA fight being aired on one of the TVs at our local watering hole. My husband and I made a similar observation. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

I just may have to watch a little more MMA…

Jen
http://faithful.mlblogs.com

PS. You got your wish for a summer baseball brawl last night. It really wasn’t that good (or gay).

I don’t generally give excuses for rotten performances, but I think Lidge’s knee is in worse shape than they’re letting on. (His performance is letting on though.) We’ll hear how bad it is at the end of the year. Their problem is if they keep throwing him out there, the Phllies could be watching the Marlins play in the NLCS instead of playing in it themselves.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/

If it wasn’t true and completely devastating to watch him… it would be funny, it probably is funny if your a Marlins fan… The worst part is the coaches keep saying he’ll come around, they have faith… not sure what in but they have faith…
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

I’m a Mets fan and I have no animosity towards Brad Lidge.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/

Everyone goes through those ups and downs, even Albert Pujols and Brad Lidge just as you pointed above. Brad Lidge did have a perfect save season last year, but he can’t repeat that, it’s really hard. I think he needs to add something else other than a slider or a fastball.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

Julia — It’s true… depending on who you root for ;-)
Jen — Saw my first MMA fight last weekend. Wasn’t that bad really. More entertaining than WWE. That’s for sure.
Prince — Why would they force Lidge to go then if he can’t go? Doesn’t make any sense to me. He’s so predictable now. It’s sad.
Peter — Faith in 2008 perhaps? Who knows. It ain’t workin’ whatever it is.
Matthew — Add another pitch or not, doesn’t matter. Problem is: HE IS PREDICTABLE. Even I know what’s comin’ and I don’t even play.
–Jeff

And I was actually wondering why Brad Lidge was struggling so much! You put it plain and simple here, thanks for the easy analysis.

http://the3rs.mlblogs.com/

Whoops, I meant NLCS. God, I’m dumb. I should really proofread my comments before posting them.
-Erin

FBC — That’s the first time we’ve ever been accused of analysis. Haha.
Erin — No sweat. I knew what you meant ;-)
–Jeff

I hate Brad Lidge, he sucks! Go Phillies. Jeff, you have a great blog here. Mine is called PHillies Focus
http://philliesfocus.mlblogs.com/

Phillyfocus — Thanks. Hope your blog has nothing to do with the economy car by Ford. LOL.
–Jeff

Maybe this off season the Phillies trade him to the Met straight up for Billy Wagner.
That was each team can have an instant whipping boy for bad outings, and have someone to blame when the Bullpen implodes.
Could be beneficial to both teams financially, because the Phillies can write off Wagner as a “loss on their ledgers for tax purposes……maybe.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com.mlblogs.com

RR — Now that would be a blockbuster move that no one would care about. LOL. How is Wagner still employed again?
–Jeff

I like how you say, don’t hate me cuz im right. That is a nice saying ahha. Go Phillies, thanks for commenting. :)

I like how you say, don’t hate me cuz im right. That is a nice saying ahha. Go Phillies, thanks for commenting. :)

I was SO glad we did not have to use him last night…what a nightmare this has been! Honestly, I think it is in his head at this point, which makes him totally useless to us. Maybe a fan should have poured beer on HIS head last night ;O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Hi Guys! It is still hard to believe Lidge’s struggles. Is it just that he is too predictable, or is there something mechanically wrong? Being too predictable really shouldn’t be too hard to fix, right? Mariano Rivera is predictable, but people still can’t hit him. It’s kind of weird. This whole thing has me scratching me head.
The Yankees sure are dramatic! I’m loving every minute of it! -Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

Phillyfocus — I try. Remember to leave your URL when you comment so you can be found.
Jenn — No kidding. That was a bush league move by the Cubs faithful though. Thanks for pounding them away.
Virginia — Mo doesn’t use his strikeout pitch early in the count. Lidge has been, and no one’s buying it.
–Jeff

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