Thursday, Lidge signed a one-day contract in a press conference and officially retired as a Phillie. Here he is at the podium:
Brad Lidge retires as a Phillie. One of the best guys I've covered. Great guy. Always stand up. Great in clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/IQpeChvFzx— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 1, 2013
Lidge, 36, will be honored before Thursday night's game and then throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Carlos Ruiz, recreating the strikeout to clinch the 2008 World Series championship.
Lidge spent more time and actually on the whole had better numbers with the Astros, but 2008 was the best season of his career by far and that's when he won his only World Series ring. He closed all 41 of his save chances with a 1.95 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings. It was good enough for him to finish fourth in NL Cy Young voting and eight in NL MVP voting.