Brad Lidge’s agent, Rex Gary, is based in Media. In the 24 hours since Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies dismissed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews from its broadcast team, Lidge’s name was atop the list of new candidates rumored to step into the broadcast booth.
Gary was well aware of the increasing whispers, so he gave his client a headsup that he might have to answer to the queries.
“Stuff was definitely floating around,” Lidge said with a laugh.
In an interview with the Daily News, Lidge confirmed on Thursday that Comcast SportsNet had called him. But it’s almost certain that the former Phillies closer will not be in the team’s broadcast booth in 2014.
“The timing right now is tough,” Lidge said from his home outside Boulder, Colo.
Five months after a ceremonial retirement in a Phillies uniform, Lidge and his family are finally getting used to what would amount to a normal lifestyle, free of the demanding travel of the baseball schedule. Lidge and his wife, Lindsay, have a 9-year-old daughter, Avery, and a 5-year-old son, Rowan, and the remainder of their extended family is also in Colorado.
Lidge is also currently working on his master’s degree in Roman archeology.
“My family and I are finally getting settled in Colorado and it’s be tough right now to change that,” Lidge said. “Even as cool of an opportunity and as much as I love being in Philadelphia.”
Lidge said the phone call from Comcast was “very cool, definitely an honor.”
But before a formal offer was made, Lidge cut the conversation short out of respect to Comcast.
“They wanted to talk about it and see where I was at on it,” Lidge said. “I didn’t want to take them on a long route.”
Lidge went on to say he doesn’t want to say “no” indefinitely.
He began working on a weekly radio show on MLB Network Radio last spring and enjoys the work. He is also open to returning to the demanding lifestyle of traveling with a baseball team. He said he missed the camaraderie.
But, as for now, the timing isn’t right.
The 37-year-old Lidge was a perfect 48-for-48 in save opportunities as the Phillies closer during the 2008 World Championship season.