Say it ain’t so!

Wow!  The Phillies?  Really?

I knew something strange was going to happen with this Cliff Lee signing this off-season, but the Phillies? I mean, it doesn’t make sense to me.

According to the Dallas Morning News, one of the reasons he signed with Philly is so he can hit in the National League? Why would a 32 year old ace want to hit?

Lee informed Rangers officials late Monday night that he would be accepting a five-year contract from the Philadelphia Phillies , for whom he pitched the last half of the 2009 season. The deal gives Lee a chance to hit in the National League, which he enjoyed, and gives him a place to pitch where he and his family felt comfortable.

Wow. Really? Lee could have had 6, and possibly 7 years in Texas, which is a lot closer to Arkansas than Philadelphia, but he opted for the 5 year plan. Of course Cliff Lee can go anywhere he wants, but I think the Phillies were a last-minute decision, and I feel pretty certain most Ranger fans will look at this deal as a blessing in disguise. I mean, if you really want to look at Cliff Lee as a hitter, go back to the World Series and see how Lee did against the Giants. Sure he had a hit in game 1 of that series, but how did that affect his pitching after that hit?

It ends a whirlwind 12 months for Lee. On Dec. 14, 2009, the Phillies traded him to Seattle to make room for Roy Halladay . One year to the day later, he will join a rotation that includes Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.

I feel pretty certain the typical Ranger fans will say “don’t let the door hit you in the back” as Lee has let many fans down here in Texas. I at least think the Rangers’ front office did all that they could in going after Lee, and if there is a positive to this story, at least he didn’t go to New York. But Philly?


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One response to “Say it ain’t so!

  1. The Ol' BeerPig

    I say “Good Riddance”!! No need for the American League Champion Rangers front office to beg. Lets now use this ridiculous amount of surplus money to shore up the hot corner by replacing Michael
    Young. Move him to the 3 (1st base) if ya just love him and want his bat… but at the 5 position, he’s definitely lost a step. Also, replacing one aging catcher with another aging catcher?? really?? Some of this “Lee war-chest” needs to be used to bring in a younger signal caller.
    Cliff Lee didn’t put these Baby Rangers in October Games– they’re outstanding play in June and July did. The unorthodox dynamic that this club has is better off not having a “One-man-show” thrown into the mix.
    As one who watches EVERY Ranger game( not just jump on the wagon in September), I loved what i saw last season. and I’m positive that with a lil’ tweeking at 3rd base and Hindcatcher, we’ll all be brimming with pride again when Boys of Summer take the field.
    These are just MY opinions, y’all dont have to agree.
    — BeerPig Out

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