As a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Brad Lidge closed out the 2008 World Series, which would otherwise be the most memorable moment in any given player's career.
Unfortunately for Lidge, a two-time All-Star, some fans still think of another moment when his name comes up.
In the 2005 NLCS, Lidge had a chance to close out Game 5 of the series, which would have punched the Houston Astros first trip to the World Series in franchise history. Instead, he blew the save, highlighted by this titanic home run that he surrendered to Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals:
The crazy part about all of this is that the Astros would win Game 6, sending their then-division-rivals home for the year. It was Lidge, not Pujols, who appeared in the 2005 World Series. However, Lidge was never the same as a member of the Astros after this bomb, which is part of the reason that the Astros eventually winning the National League pennant has become an afterthought.
So the news of Pujols being designated for assignment Thursday - which may end his career - naturally led to some fans recalling one of the most no-doubt-about-it home runs in MLB postseason history. Some were happier to remember the blast than others: