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  1. Not in Philly, where his strikeout of Eric Hinske to end the 2008 World Series will be remembered forever

    Comment by Brian — December 19, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  2. It is kind of sad that as soon as I read, “Brad Lidge’s Memorable Moment,” the Pujols homer came to mind.

    Also, I was at that game this year against the Yankees. Again, kind of sad that I spent the whole year questioning why Davey Johnson ever brought him in.

    Comment by Dan Rozenson — December 19, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  3. “Fair or not, that homer is the first thing that jumps to everyone’s mind when they think of Lidge.”

    Um, no.

    Even setting aside Lidge’s great 2008 and iconic image after the last out of that year’s World Series, I simply fail to understand why Albert Pujols hitting a homerun – however important for that game, or however long it was – is supposed to be so unusual that it’s the only thing that comes to mind for people when Lidge’s name is mentioned. Bullshit.

    Comment by Richard — December 19, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  4. completely agree. i read this and was semi-surprised that this wasn’t an article about 2008.

    but yeah, i’m a phan.

    Comment by cable fixer — December 19, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  5. Everyone outside the Philadelphia area, maybe. Seriously, Albert who?

    Comment by JB — December 19, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  6. Pretty sure the first thing everyone remembers is his perfect 2008. The Pujols homer is an after thought

    Comment by Matt — December 19, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  7. You’ve got the wrong word. It’s not *unusual* that Pujols hit a home run (even one that stretches at the upper bound definition of ‘home run’ the way his did), but it certainly was *memorable*.

    I for one clicked the link expecting the memorable moment to be the Pujols homer.

    Comment by Padman Jones — December 19, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  8. Or in Chicago, where he is remembered for giving up Podsednik’s walk off in Game 2 of the WS a few days after the Pujols shot.

    In the grand scheme of things, the Pods HR was a bigger play and a bigger shock. WS instead of ALCS, put his team down 2 – 0 instead of just delaying clinching the pennant and it is a little more excusable to allow a HR to Pujols then Podsednik.

    Comment by MikeS — December 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  9. Gotta say it’s the first thing I think of. That home run was M.E.A.N. If you re-watch the video, you can actually hear Lidge’s heart sink into his stomach.

    Sorry Phillie fans, but this moment is engraved in my memory forever. Some lame run of consecutive meaningless stat over 40 Appearences just doesn’t have the drama that Pujols’s long ball does.

    Comment by James Gentile — December 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  10. Meaningless stat vs. an ultimately meaningless homer.

    Comment by JB — December 19, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  11. The Pujols home run was in game five, not three. I was sitting in right centerfield, a few rows up from the bullpen. One of the best and worst games I’ve ever been to.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU200510170.shtml

    Comment by Kelsey — December 19, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

  12. Meaningless stat that directly contributed to a World Series championship? What’s your definition of meaningless?

    Comment by Matt — December 19, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  13. The Pujols home run is certainly the first thing that comes to my mind when someone mentions Lidge. I didn’t even remember that he was perfect in 2008 until you mentioned it. Which makes sense, because images tend to make more lasting memories.

    Comment by David H — December 19, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  14. Pujols hitting a HR off anyone shouldn’t be a big story, but 1) Lidge was in the running for the most dominating pitcher in MLB history at the time, 2) Albert destroyed that pitch, and 3) Lidge took a long time to recover from it, if the popular narrative is to be believed. Maybe the Podsednik HR was bigger, but it only happened because Albert broke him. Maybe his 2008 season was incredible, but largely because he had finally righted the ship after Pujols sunk it.

    Comment by Sparkles Peterson — December 19, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  15. I was always fan of “Big, Bad, Brad Lidge” and even traded for him in video games. He was a great closer and I would have loved for the Cubs to have him at some point back in the day.

    Comment by Givejonadollar — December 19, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  16. I’m the opposite. I remember that he was perfect in 2008 and I vaguely recall that they barely made the playoffs that year (if he blew a few games they wouldn’t have made the post-season). However, if this article wasn’t written then I probably wouldn’t have remembered the HR for the rest of my life.

    Comment by vivalajeter — December 19, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  17. Agreed. In fact, I read the title and chuckled “it should be the Pujols homer” to myself, fully expecting that I was about to be told that something else I couldn’t think of was his memorable moment. Instead, it turns out I was right. Like David, I had also forgotten that Lidge was perfect in 2008.

    Comment by steex — December 19, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  18. What was the estimated distance of that mammoth of a home run?

    Comment by Seb — December 19, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  19. When me and my cousin talk about Lidge ever, Pujols home run is the first thing we mention that how awesome it was. How Houston hitters were barely hitting dingers by tapping balls, barely getting them in RF or LF stands and Pujols just crushed that pitch to show them how to hit HRs.

    Comment by binqasim — December 19, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  20. http://hittrackeronline.com/historic.php?id=2005_6

    Comment by binqasim — December 19, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

  21. I just texted a Cardinals fan friend of mine asking him what Brad Lidge’s most memorable moment was and he said the K to end the World Series. I asked him about the Pujols HR and he said “that was great but it doesn’t beat winning a WS”. I’m gonna have to agree with him on this one.

    Comment by Jim — December 19, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

  22. In fairness, his follow-up response makes it sound like the question he actually chose to answer was “what was Brad Lidge’s greatest moment?” rather than “what was Brad Lidge’s most memorable moment?”

    His most memorable moment should be the first one you think of, good or bad, not the moment you can remember and then qualitatively determine to be the greatest.

    Comment by steex — December 19, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

  23. “Despite a great career, he’ll always be remembered for being on the wrong end of one of baseball’s most memorable moments.”

    Nope.

    Love,

    A Phillies fan

    p.s. Thanks for the memories, Brad.

    Comment by china_dave — December 19, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

  24. Also surprising, no .gifs of unhittable sliders.

    Outside of Philadelphia, I would guess the Pujols HR is more well remembered, and that the 2008 World Series is remembered more for the weather (and “World ****ing Champions”).

    Comment by James — December 19, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

  25. “Fair or not, that homer is the first thing that jumps to everyone’s mind when they think of Lidge.”

    Nope.

    Comment by Phils_Goodman — December 19, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  26. Pujols’ homer didn’t end up meaning a thing. The Cards lost the series anyway.

    That strikeout was far more memorable, IMO.

    Comment by Tim L — December 19, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  27. But memorable does not equal impactful. Whether the homer ultimately meant anything or not, it’s very memorable. Many people’s most distinct memory of Ozzie Smith is him doing a backflip as he ran out onto the field, but I’m pretty sure it never impacted the results of any game.

    At any rate, this is clearly very subjective. There’s no objective way to define what someone else remembers most.

    Comment by steex — December 19, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  28. People in Philadelphia don’t consider the perfect saves stat memorable. What they find memorable is that he struck out the last batter to win the city’s first championship in 25 years.

    Comment by Mcneildon — December 19, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  29. Also in this video, Mike Shannon being a buzzed unbearable homer. As a non cards fan in Missouri, he makes me hate them.

    When I think of Lidge, I think of his celebration winning the World Series.

    Comment by Antonio bananas — December 19, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  30. Like the other Phillies fans I was looking forward to seeing the final out of the 2008 Season: a perfect season, Philadelphia’s first championship in 25 years and a rain delayed game screwed up by Bud Selig – seriously you don’t get any more memorable than that!

    Comment by Alan — December 20, 2012 @ 4:44 am

  31. I’m with Mike, it’s the first thought I have when thinking of Lidge. The Damon 57 pitch at bat and subsequent double steal in ’09 is up there too

    A damn fine pitcher

    Comment by JC — December 20, 2012 @ 5:44 am

  32. Poor wording by claiming to speak for “everyone” as far Lidge’s most “memorable” moment – an absolute statement about something pretty subjective. I had forgotten about the HR myself, but I could see how someone more invested in that game than me would remember it.

    Comment by KM — December 20, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  33. I immediately thought of the Pujols HR when I saw the headline, because I’ve had this same conversation with my brother (who’s a Phillies fan). What’s so incredible to me about that home run is the fact that it’s memorable despite ultimately not mattering. It’s like Carlton Fisk’s HR or Byung-Hyun Kim’s blown saves – the series went the other way, but they’re what everyone remembers.

    Comment by BD — December 20, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  34. just a warning if you haven’t clicked the video link yet. CLICK MUTE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. I had no idea the cards announcers were that bad.

    Comment by MFYG — December 20, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

  35. I figured it would be the Pujols homer in the NLCS when I saw the title. That moment was unforgettable.

    I’m an Angels fan, so there was no vested interest in either of those teams (or in the Phillies).

    Comment by Daniel — December 20, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

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