First off let’s make one thing clear, Cliff Lee is not some kind of hero.
This past Thursday, Lee made some bold and stupid comments during a radio interview on CBS Philadelphia 610WIP Sports Radio about what factored in the process, who came in second and third and why Philly will win him multiple rings.
Click on link below to listen to Lee’s interview:
WHY LEE NEEDS TO GET FACTS STRAIGHT:
Look, I could really go into details about this entire interview but those would be more opinions vs. opinions.
What I could not let slip by was how Lee answered this question below, with my reasons for being angry following.
601WIP SPORTS RADIO: “Who finished second?’
LEE: “Texas probably finished second to be honest with you. Just as far as the quality of the team and the chance to win a World Series ring, I think they’re a better team. That’s just my opinion. The Yankees can do anything at any moment to improve and they’re not afraid to go do things. That was part of the decision making process too, but I felt like with what the Red Sox had done and it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older, but I liked the Rangers.”
I guess Lee didn’t realize that Philadelphia is the oldest club in all of baseball with an average of 28.7 years old, while the Yankees average is an almost a year younger. Ooooppps.
What did the Red Sox do that puts them ahead of New York?
Boston filled holes where the Yankees were better. Starting with matching Mark Teixeira by getting Adrian Gonzalez and than signing Carl Crawford to make the outfield as good as the Yankees trio Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher.
So, could someone tell me what Lee is referring too in his answer?
Pitching-wise both Boston and New York have unsettling back ends of their rotations. The Yankees have the best bullpen in baseball with Soriano, Mariano, Feliciano, Joba and Robertson. The Red Sox have a solid group in relief too, but not as good because closer Jonathan Papelbon still remains a question after not being dominate the last two seasons.
Hitting-wise both the Red Sox and Yankees have heavy hitting line-ups that ooze with talent. Is one better than the other is too hard to tell because both can be equally as lethal.
Oh and maybe Lee didn’t know that the Yankees have some of the best young pitching prospects in baseball. If they continue developing at this rate, the youngsters will bring many more rings to the Bronx.
Regarding Texas as being a better team than New York is ridiculous. Lee cannot be basing this on one series where the Yankees played like crap. Look it is no excuse as a game is a game, but fact is New York lost the 2010 ALCS.
So, could someone please explain who is giving Lee his facts?
I thought Lee was smarter than to put down other teams publicly in the manner he did. As a Yankee fan, I respected Lee’s decision and him as a superb pitcher until this interview.
Yes, the Philly radio station did bait Lee but there was no need to state anything more than that Philly was his first choice. It is childish and Lee should get his facts straight next time.
The Philly media and fans would rather focus on putting down other teams than cheering on their own. I have experienced this first hand in Philly and just so Lee knows the Yankees pack in the most fans in the league.
Unfortunately the Yankees do not play the Phillies in the 2011 regular season, leaving the only possible meeting between the two in the 2011 World Series. If this scenario happens, mark my words Yankee fans will be waiting.
Maybe someone should remind Cliff Lee what happened the last time he was a Philly playing the Yankees in the World Series.
That is the definition of WINNING!
- Cliff Lee chose Philly because the Yankees are getting older. At least in Cliff Lee’s mind. (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Cliff Lee Made the Right Choice (stephena.com)
- Cliff Lee Rejoins Phillies, Snubs Yankees (blippitt.com)
- Cliff Lee’s Wife | Did Kristen Lee Stiff The Yankees? (realestateradiousa.com)
- Cliff Lee: Who Are The Losers With His Signing? (bleacherreport.com)
- Yankees Vs. Red Sox: Looking At The Facts Spells A Different Story For Rivalry (ladylovespinstripes.com)