You know what’s wonderful? Waking up and finding out that not everyone is snowed by mystique and aura. Waking up to read that someone who will already be making millions of dollars doesn’t think it’s necessary to make even more millions. Waking up to something completely improbable being absolutely possible. Waking up to discover that every “expert” was wrong. It’s wonderful to realize that not everyone has a soul that is for sale. Thank you, Cliff Lee. Thank you for helping restore some of my faith in humanity.
I’m not naive. When you get into the $100 million range, even at the low end the idea that money wasn’t some kind of factor is silly. But in going to Philadelphia instead of New York or Texas, Lee showed me that he gets that when you have $100 million adding more millions to it isn’t the reason you should make a life-altering decision. While I feel a smidge of sadness for the Rangers and their fans, I have none of that for New York and theirs. It seemed to me that Lee really enjoyed being in Philadelphia and now he’s back where he wants to be. All the money and years that the Steinbrenners threw at him mattered not. What did he leave, $50 million “on the table”? Somewhere, Johnny Damon just fainted. (A side note for Yankees fans: If you want your team to bring on free agents, it’s probably a good idea to refrain from spitting on their wives when they visit your park.)
This has become one of my favorite off-seasons ever.
The Yankees certainly won’t collapse and fall off the face of the earth because Cliff Lee decided to save his soul, but it sure will be fun watching the critical fallout that comes along with losing out on your biggest free agent want because no matter how much money you threw at him, it didn’t matter.
Now all the Yankees fans can sing the story about how the Yankees were never going to get Lee because he obviously didn’t want to go there (which, incidentally, I agree with)…kind of like how no matter what the Red Sox offered Mark Teixeira his hear was set on playing in the Bronx.
The news of Cliff Lee going back to Philadelphia pleases me greatly. The Phillies will be a blast to watch (my apologies to my NL friends, especially the Mets fans!) and Lee won’t be our problem until the All Star Game and maybe (hopefully!) the World Series.
Another win-win hotstove day for Red Sox fans!