Madson seizes role of 'Bridge to Lidge'
Young Phils reliever heeds Dubee's advice, alters approach
PHILADELPHIA -- The foundation for the "Bridge to Lidge" was laid in Spring Training, when Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee got firmly in Ryan Madson's ear.It was a topic he'd been waiting three years to discuss. With every pitch he watched the right-hander throw, during the good stretches and bad, Dubee wondered if the kid would ever put everything together.
"It's exciting to see, and one of the biggest reasons I've done well this year, too. I know if we've got a one-run lead, all I have to do is get three guys out in the ninth, because he's got the eighth inning covered."Lidge suggested that Madson has the talent and stuff to be a closer. Madson laughed at the thought of an entrance song. "I wouldn't have one," he said. "I don't like it. I think it should stop. When the hitters come up, too. I would just like it quiet." Which is fitting, since he's been silencing the opposition for a while.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.