Thursday, October 15, 2009

Grandson of L.A. Council 'Vincentian' volunteer makes return visit to the NLCS

As Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, "It's like deja-vu, all over again."

For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies will meet in the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The winner will advance to the World Series.

The rematch also marks the return of Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who is the grandson of Council Vincentian Gene Detmer of the Society's Holy Family Conference in Pasadena.

And no one is happier than Detmer to see his grandson in this situation, especially due to the season the pitcher experienced. Lidge recorded 31 saves, but had 11 blown saves, eight losses and a 7.21 earned run average in a year in which he visited the disabled list twice.

This was just one year after Lidge helped lead the Phillies to a World Series Championship, recording 48 saves in 48 opportunities, including the final game of the World Series. He also walked away with the National League Relief Man Award.

In the just-concluded National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies, Lidge saved two games in the best-of-five game series.

"Having an off-season physically, I'm happy he had an opportunity to vindicate himself and show that he is a first class pitcher," Detmer said. "Since I was a child, I've always believed that good guys are rewarded and bad guys aren't. My grandson really hung in there this year."

The NLCS begins tonight at 5:07 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.

Photo: Brad Lidge (r) and Gene Detmer.

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