Brad Lidge will throw out the first pitch to Carlos Ruiz before Game 5 of the World Series
Brad Lidge will throw out the first pitch to Carlos Ruiz ahead of Game 5 of the World Series.
The combo of Lidge and Ruiz was one of the best ever, all long-time Phillies fans know. The two had the biggest moment in Phillies history, recording the final out of the 2008 World Series inside Citizens Bank Park.
Brad Lidge and Carlos Ruiz Record the Final Out of the ’08 World Series
Brad Lidge spent three years in Philadelphia from 08-11, racking up 100 saves in 193.1 innings. Lidge went 45/45 in 2008 with a 1.95 ERA, finishing the year as an All-Star, fourth in Cy Young voting, and 8th in MVP voting…as a closer.
Carlos Ruiz played 11 seasons in Philadelphia, slashing .264/.350/.391 over that time. Ruiz had 415 RBIs, 898 hits, 388 runs scored, 401 RBIs, and 213 doubles as a Phillie. Ruiz’s bat always came up clutch in the World Series, holding a career slash line of .353/.488/.706 in 11 games in the Fall Classic.
The Phillies organization has done a great job handling first pitches throughout the playoffs, and they’ll cap it off tonight with two more legends. The stars have been out for the last month, and it’s great to see so much support from so many past Phillies.
The Fightins will look to bounce back after four Astros pitchers combined for a no-hitter in Game 4. Noah Syndergaard will take the mound for the Fightins, going up against Justin Verlander, aka the worst pitcher in the history of the World Series.