With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and everyone on their feet, Lidge was one strike away from nailing down the title when Chico Ruiz visited him at the mound. Lidge wanted to throw a slider to Eric Hinske. Ruiz didn’t want the backdoor slider or the get-me-over slider. He wanted Lidge’s hard, biting slider, the unhittable one that would corkscrew into the dirt. “Give me the good one,” Ruiz told Lidge before trotting back to his position. Lidge’s pitch torpedoed into the dirt and Ruiz, as usual, blocked it as Hinske flailed at air. The crowd erupted in joy.