Thursday, November 08, 2007

Farewell Brad Lidge

Yesterday, the Houston Astros dealt once dominant closer Brad Lidge to the Philadelphia Phillies in a five player deal.

The Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to make a big move at the general managers' meetings, acquiring closer Brad Lidge from Houston along with infielder Eric Bruntlett on Wednesday night.

The Astros received speedy outfielder Michael Bourn, right-hander Geoff Geary and minor league third baseman Mike Costanzo.

Sadly, as much success as Lidge had in Houston, he totaled 123 saves in roughly four seasons as Houston's premier closer, he will likely always be remembered as the guy who gave up that monstrous homerun to Albert Pujols in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS.

It's sad to see him go, but I often wondered if his struggles following the '05 season would have ceased were he on another team. I guess now we'll get an answer to that question.

You're also more than welcome to relive the moment in time that may have forever changed Lidge's career as an Astro. It never gets any easier to watch, eventhough Houston went on to win the NLCS.