Have Gun, Will Travel…

large_cliff-lee.jpgWell, well, the Yankees didn’t get their man after all…

Talk about a guy (Cliff Lee) who doesn’t mind being a hired gun and throwing home life stability (I don’t know what kind of family he has) to the wind.

First, he develops his talents in Cleveland.  When they can’t afford him, he jumps to Philadelphia to help them make the World Series in 2009.  In 2010, he starts out with the “promising” Mariners, but when they completely collapse he is dealt to Texas and helps THEM get the big show.

Now, after being courted by the Yankees and Rangers, he decides to go back to Philly to join a starting rotation that would also include Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, and Joe Blanton.

What a crazy guy (although, the kind of checks he’s cashing must be incredible)!  I guess if you don’t mind not setting down roots anywhere, more power to him.

1 Comment

See sometimes even a friendship can not make a person pick a city like NYC.
In all seriousness, Cliff Lee made a hard choice, but one that I respect a lot. And it is not because he left money on the table. It is for the simple fact he saw that the Phillies ( in my mind) had the best chance to string together some postseason runs that could result in a ring ceremony.
Huge kudo for the Phillies front office that might have caught some flack for letting Werth walk 60-odd miles to the South.
But Werth’s departure might have opened the door for the Phillies to wander in as the mystery team and steal the thunder, along with a bright and shiny Christmas gift.

Rays Renegade


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