With three saves and a win already this postseason, Brad Lidge could become Charlie Manuel’s managerial masterwork.
“To everything - turn, turn, turn.” Words adapted by Pete Seeger from the Book of Ecclesiastes and popularized by the Byrds. “A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together.” Often used to denote life-altering, coming-of-age moments in feature films, it’s a soundtrack that’s been playing since Charlie Manuel was handed stewardship over the Philadelphia Phillies. Patience. Perseverance. Change, but not for the sake of it. It’s a song that plays over and over again in Charlie's head. It's the guiding principle behind his singular resolve. Few players experienced a sharper rise and fall than Brad Lidge in 2009. From 48-for-48 in save situations to an 0-8 with a 7.21 ERA and 11 blown saves, Lidge betrayed the trust of all but one individual. While others were singing a new tune - one that called for swift action - the same old number was serenely stuffed inside his skipper's head. “There is a season, turn, turn, turn.” A postseason, to be specific.