The first image that buds into Phillies fans minds when the 2008 season is discussed is Brad Lidge striking out Eric Hinske to win the first championship in Philadelphia in over 20 years.
Lidge came to Philadelphia via the Houston Astros in an offseason trade executed by Pat Gillick and former Phillies general manager Ed Wade, who joined the Houston Astros in the same role.
After tearing his meniscus in spring training Lidge earned his first of 48 consecutive saves on April 7 against the Cincinnati Reds. Mr. Perfect would convert all 41 of his regular season save opportunities and seven more in the playoffs, including game five of the World Series.
A career-season for Lidge resulted in a fourth-place Cy Young finish and eighth for MVP.
After a bumpy 2009 season, Lidge came back with two more solid campaigns in Philadelphia before finishing his career in Washington. He’s remained close to the organization as a spring training coach and mentor for young pitchers despite living in Colorado and starting a broadcasting career
Lidge is a lock to make the Wall of Fame at some point, and with no clear front-runners at this point, 2019 could be his year.