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Phillies Reveal Former World Series Hero to Throw Out First Pitch in Game 5

Tyler Maher
The Philadelphia Phillies revealed who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 5 of the World Series.
The Philadelphia Phillies revealed who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 5 of the World Series. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After getting no-hit in Game 4 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Phillies will try to bounce back in Game 5 against the Houston Astros on Thursday.

The Phillies are hoping an old World Series hero can bring them some good luck by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Citizens Bank Park.

World Series Game 5 First Pitch

Philadelphia is bringing back former closer Brad Lidge to toss out the first pitch. Lidge helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008 as the team's closer. He played a key part in their title run that year, posting a 0.96 ERA while racking up 13 strikeouts and 7 saves in 9 1/3 postseason innings.

Lidge remained with Philly through 2011, making the playoffs every year and helping the team return to the Fall Classic in 2009. While he was unable to replicate the magic of 2008, when he made the All-Star team and finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting, he'll always have his championship ring.

He doesn't close anymore, so it will be fun for Phillies fans to see him open a game rather than end one. The 45-year-old retired after the 2012 season, finishing with 225 saves, a 3.54 ERA and two All-Star appearances during his 11-year career.

With the series tied at 2-2, Philadelphia is listed as a +128 moneyline underdog for Game 5 on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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