Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Brad Lidge, grandson of L.A. 'Vincentian' volunteer, Gene Detmer, returns to Fall Classic tonight

Here we go again!

For the second consecutive year, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge and his team are in the Fall Classic. This year, the Phillies will take on the New York Yankees, winners of 26 World Championships.

Lidge, grandson of L.A. Council's 'Vincentian' volunteer Gene Detmer, is familiar with the Bronx Bombers, as he faced them twice during the regular season in interleague play. Though the closer had two blown saves - one resulting in a loss - at the new Yankee Stadium, Lidge is not the same pitcher he was then.

Despite experiencing an injury-plagued year in which he had 11 blown saves, an 0-8 record and a 7.21 earned run average, Lidge has returned to form during the playoffs, saving three crucial games, while picking up one victory. Going back to last postseason, Lidge is a perfect 10-0 in save opportunities!

He has yet to surrender an earned run during this year's playoff run. During the 2008 postseason, Lidge's ERA was a remarkable 0.96.

"He really didn't begin to feel strong until the end of the season, despite the fact that he'll still need surgery on his right arm after the World Series," Detmer said. "His manager (Charlie Manuel) showed total confidence in him. He never pushed him. Instead, Brad was told to come back when he was ready. Brad listened to his doctor and it has paid off."

The Society's L.A. Council wishes Brad Lidge all the best in the 2009 World Series!

Photos (l-r): Phillies closer Brad Lidge speaks to the media; Society of St. Vincent de Paul, L.A. Council 'Vincentian' volunteer Gene Detmer, grandfather of Lidge, relaxes in his backyard.

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