Tuesday, August 01, 2006


This Is Not For You

As everyone knows by now, Bobby Abreu is no longer a Phillie. On Sunday, the perpetually smiling Venezuelan was shipped to the Yankees along with middling starter Cory Lidle in exchange for a quartet of prospects.

Now, far be it for us here at High and Inside to analyze this deal. That's been done to death. But, one of us (Ben) was in Philly on Sunday for the afternoon contest between the Phils and the Marlins. Bobby Abreu was taken out of the line-up about 10 minutes before game-time, so obviously something was going on. We (the fans) just didn't know exactly what.

Around the fourth inning, the news started spreading around the stands -- that the deal was done, and Abreu and Lidle were headed to the Yankees. I assumed that the two of them were packing their bags, and maybe gone from the stadium already. But in the eighth inning, the Phillies made an official announcement about the deal over the PA. One of the videoboards posted Abreu's lifetime stats, with an emphasis on where he ranked in Phillies history. The other videoboard cut to a shot of the Phillies dugout, where Abreu was still sitting.

Upon seeing that Bobby was still at the ballpark, the fans rose to their feet and gave him a prolonged ovation. It was a great moment, and truly heartfelt. Philly fans were always a little ambivalent about the guy -- he doesn't run into walls! -- but his numbers are indisputable, and he really meant a lot to the team over the years. Bobby came out of the dugout and waved to the crowd, and the fan noise picked up in intensity.

Then something ridiculous occurred.

Corey Lidle, apparently of the belief that he had also meant something to Phillies fans, comes out of the dugout and starts waving to the crowd, right alongside Abreu. Corey Lidle! I guess the guy thought that the fans were saying goodbye to him as well. No offense Lidle, but that was all for Abreu. You should have stayed in the dugout. I mean, I have nothing against Lidle. He's the very definition of a number four starter. Over 1 1/2 seasons in Philly, the guy went 21-18 with a 4.62 ERA. But Phillies fans will not remember him with any particular fondness. He wasn't around long enough, and he did nothing to distinguish himself. If you were a fan of allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, then Lidle was your man.

Yet out he came from the dugout, more than willing to usurp Abreu's final moment as a Phillie.

It was pretty funny, really. And, come to think of it, I will always remember that he did that.

You've won this round, Lidle. You really are one sneaky son of a bitch.

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