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Brad Lidge’s transformation from regular season chump to postseason champ continued Wednesday with the Phillies’ 10-4 win over LA. It then took a terrible turn when he charged catcher Carlos Ruiz and embraced him, setting off one of the most comical and embarrassingly uncool celebrations of all time. OF ALL TIME. Thank you Kanye.
The 6’5 Lidge embraced the 5’10 Ruiz in the same way that I hug my 5’2 girlfriend, with a slight bend to his knees and a hunch in his back. The diminutive Ruiz did his best to not be completely enveloped by the taller man, but succeeded only in keeping his face away from Lidge’s torso.
The meltdown continued when the odd couple began jumping up and down like bunnies. It got worse when Lidge added in a synchronized pat of the back to Ruiz. Their embrace was made even more difficult to watch amongst the subdued businesslike celebration of their teammates, who clearly have another World Series title on their minds.
Philadelphia has a full week to prepare for game 1 of the World Series. They should take full advantage and get their dorky closer a couple of highlight reels to watch and learn some big boy celebrations.
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