Former Nat Lidge unlikely to join Phillies broadcast team

Former Nat Lidge unlikely to join Phillies broadcast team
January 9, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Former Nats reliever Brad Lidge will always be remembered as a Philadelphia Phillie after winning a World Series with the team in 2008. Some may recall the home run he gave up to Albert Pujols in the playoffs as a member of the Astros, but that's neither here nor there. He's a Phillie, tried and true.

So after the broadcast team at CSN Philly saw a shakeup this week, people started connecting the dots to see if Lidge would like to enter the booth. He's a great talker and was on the mound for the greatest moment in recent Phillies history.

The interest was reportedly legitimate as Lidge actually talked to the network about the job, and it was CSN who made the call. However, Lidge politely declined and said the timing wasn't right.

Here's what he told the Philadelphia Daily News:

"My family and I are finally getting settled in Colorado and it’d be tough right now to change that,” Lidge said. “Even as cool of an opportunity and as much as I love being in Philadelphia.

"... They wanted to talk about it and see where I was at on it. I didn’t want to take them on a long route."

It sounds like Lidge isn't ready for the commitment of joining the broadcast team, which is a pretty serious job. Baseball color commentators are there both at home and on the road for as many as 162 games a season.

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Lidge may have passed on the opportunity this time around, but don't be surprised if the ex-National ends up in the media some day. If he's already getting interest just two years after retiring, the door may always be open for him.


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