First came Roy Halladay, Larry Andersen, Dave Hollins and Gary Matthews. On Wednesday, Brad Lidge joined the list of former beloved Phillies to put the uniform back on as a guest instructor this spring.
Lidge said he'll sit in the bullpen during games and watch the side sessions of many of the young pitchers in camp, too, hoping he can share some of the knowledge he gained in his own 11-year career.
"I think one of the biggest things I can help guys out with is talking about game plans, when you’re coming up it can be a lot different than a guy who’s already there and knows what he’s doing," Lidge said. "I think because the Phillies have a lot of good young arms, that’s part of it obviously, part of the equation. But the other part is knowing what you’re doing when you get out there. And not just your routine physically but mentally as well. ... Hopefully I can relate something that clicks with them."
Lidge, 37, will be in camp for a little more than a week before returning to his home in Colorado. Two months ago, the personable and knowledgeable Lidge was one of Comcast SportsNet's top choices to replace Chris Wheeler and Matthews as a color commentator in the Phillies broadcast booth.
Lidge said he wanted to spend his time a recent retiree hanging out with his family more, and he reiterated that on Wednesday. But he also plans to keep a hand in baseball in one way or another moving forward.
"I enjoy right now doing stuff from MLB Radio," Lidge said of his weekly show, which airs on Sundays. "I’m doing the show out of my house - that spoils me a little bit. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy that a lot. I am enjoying radio stuff. I don’t know if broadcasting is the right avenue. As I’ve said before, I was flattered with the opportunity to possibly have a position in that, but I think right now, something like this goes a long ways. And slowly getting back into, being involved with the Phillies organization in little ways like this, and at the same time, keeping a radio job. It allows me to stay in touch with baseball in a pretty fun way."
Lidge is also currently working on his master's degree in Roman archaeology.