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.