Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
At the Ballpark: Tonight is Italian Heritage Night, with special Italian celebrations happening throughout the ballpark. (I'm not sure what that actually entails.) On Thursday night, former closer and 2008 hero Brad Lidge will officially retire from baseball as a member of the Phillies. There will be a pre-game ceremony and all fans will receive a Brad Lidge print. I'm sure it will be a classy ceremony for a classy guy.
|1973 Topps #121 and #454|
Tom Haller's Phillies career was even shorter than Rader's, as he never even suited up with the team. Haller played with the Giants from 1961 to 1967, where he was a member of two All-Star teams. He was an All-Star again with the Dodgers in 1968. After four successful seasons in L.A., Haller was traded to Detroit for the 1972 season. In October 1972, the Phillies purchased him from the Tigers to mentor a young Boone, but he opted not to report to the team. (Hat tip to Jim from Downingtown and his comments on this post.)
No pitching probables or Phillies team leaders in this game summary post, as I'm currently away from The Phillies Room HQ (again) and the blog is on auto-pilot.