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Is there life after the perfect season?

The Phillies won it all, but now comes the hard part -- starting over

Originally Published: February 26, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The champs and their closer don't just have a tough act to follow.

They practically have an impossible act to follow.

What they have to follow, you see, is perfection. And what's bigger and better than that?

The closer is Bradley T. Lidge. And he is coming off the season of his lifetime: 41 saves, and not a single blown save. That was followed by seven more saves in seven October chances. Is it possible to top THAT?

Hey, good luck.

"Sure, ...

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