Here's the deal. Am I concerned about Lidge -- maybe, a little. But what people have to understand is that this guy converted an unheard of 41 of 41 save opportunities during last year's World Series run. That is completely ridiculous. There's no way he could continue at that pace and judging him by that is foolish.
Keep in mind, the guy has been largely dominant throughout his career with the exception of one season in Houston, where he still managed to save 32 games. He's never blown more than 8 saves in a season. Physically, the guy is still hitting 95-96 on his fastball. His slider has been a bit erratic, but that's the nature of the pitch. You cannot remove Lidge from the closers role. I'd much rather him struggle in April-June, than in September and October. Now is the time to keep putting him out there and letting him work through this stuff. I believe we absolutely need Brad Lidge if we want to compete for another World Series. However, if Uncle Charlie panics (which has not been his nature) and removes him from the closers role, that would be send the wrong message and could mess up his head for the rest of the season.
The Sixers search for their next coach is a joke right now (The aforementioned Derrick is dead-on about this, actually). The names being mentioned are about as exciting as watching competitive badmitton. The one guy I am in slightly intrigued by is Kurt Rambis. He had a winning record, albeit as an interim coach with the Lakers before Phil Jackson came along. Further, could you imagine if the Sixers ran a throw-back night and Coach Rambis wore his goggles (pictured above). That might be worth the price of admission alone.
In other news...
- Took my first late night road-trip back from the beach last night in a LONG time and forgot how much fun they are. Of course having a pretty girl in the passenger seat, caravaning w/two of my best friends, hearing everything from Al Green to Metallica on the radio, and somehow taking a wrong turn and ending up at a high security military base near Columbus made the 2 AM journey that much more memorable.
- In my opinion there is no greater place on earth, then the beach; However, throw in a couple days of rain and I can't get out of there fast enough. Don't worry loyal SFC devotees (that's the new acronym for southernfriedcheesesteak). I still managed to get a wicked tan thanks to some crisco and my leopard print speedos.
- Anyone ever notice that BBQ is a verb in the north, but a noun in the south (more like a way of life); Speaking of which there's few things I enjoy more then grilling out.
- Does anyone appreciate the miracle that is Rice Krispies? I mean this cereal miraculously pops on its own, once sed user adds milk. Are you serious? How is this not a greater phenomenon? No other food makes noise like this, with the exception of Pop Rocks. I might not be a marketing genius (though I play one Monday-Friday) but I really think food manufacturers are missing the boat here. I'm more captivated by this popping sensation now, then I was 25 years ago.