Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan


Well, they ARE pinstripes!

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!


December 14, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | , , , , ,


  1. I may have to root for the Phillies for the hell of it 🙂
    This made me very happy and giddy and could possibly bring me out of this slump I’m in 🙂

    Comment by Tex19 | December 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. It warms my heart to think that some of these guys are in fact choosing with their hearts too and not just with their great-grandchildren’s trust funds in mind. The dream of most great competitors is to play where the competition is most demanding, the enthusiasm most sustained, and the chance of playing for the championship greatest. So I don’t fault guys like Giambi, Texiera, Gonzalez (and now Crawford too) for moving from small-market clubs to heavy-hitter markets after they’d paid their MLB dues on tantalizingly incomplete teams. But it’s grand when they choose the good club that calls to THEM, not just the one that offers the most dollars. When Longoria signed that longterm extension with Tampa I remember thinking both “Rats! Too bad he didn’t wait for free agency and let the Sox make him an offer!” but also “What a special dude. Took the hometown discount and went with loyalty and security over the huge likelihood of a massive payday.” The Phillies have an impressive roster and are a great bet to be deep in the post-season way more often than not; but so are Texas and the Yanks. Looks like Lee went with his heart here; yeah, he gets a huge contract, but he left a year or two and 20 to 40 million bucks on the table. Who the heck ever did THAT before in a free agency signing? O wealthy Dude Lefty, I salute thee.

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | December 14, 2010 | Reply

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