Now Lee is a Texas Ranger, but his uniform is irrelevant because most Yankees fans have no problem identifying Lee on the mound. I still remember our first encounter, like it was yesterday.
It was May 7, 2008 and I was bringing one of my best friends to her first Yankees game at the Old Stadium. Bringing a virgin is always a treat because the Yankees usually impress newbies.
Not that day, as the Yankees went hit-less. More precisely, the bats made contact with the ball about three times, just grazing the wood.
My mouth dropped and the Yankees looked just as shocked.
To make a long story short, my virgin-fan-friend was bored and she hadn’t been back to another game with me until two days ago.
Cliff Lee is a pitcher that teams fear because he can dominate batting lineups and makes it look almost too easy at times.
A perfect example is Game One of the 2009 World Series, when he caught a pop-up by just holding his glove out, not moving more than his wrist. The Yankee hitters’ career numbers against Lee look a lot better because a majority of the players did better while on other teams.
Lee has brutalized the Bombers in his last three seasons, regardless of where Lee was playing. Lee in pinstripes seems like a pipe dream, as Yankee Universe has drooled over this possibility for some time now. Lee seems to just go play on teams that the Yankees could face in October.
The Rangers are no different, as they are almost a lock to win the AL West, with no real competition, and they did get Lee at the trade deadline. Lee won the Cy Young in 2008, when he played with Yankees’ ace C.C. Sabathia in Cleveland and won a whooping 22 games. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees Have To Face Rangers Cliff Lee On Wednesday’ »