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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Phils Fans Giddy Over Lee

The news that Cliff Lee signed with the Philadelphia Phillies broke around midnight on Monday, and still has the fan base in a tizzy that doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon.

Seemingly left speechless by the prospect of a pitching rotation that includes Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt, fans have literally turned to imagery to express their joy. I have seen an explosion of Photoshopped artwork attempting to memorialize the pitching staff, including the “sacred” imagery below that I received via e-mail:



Lee was officially re-introduced to the Philadelphia media today. He debunked the story that his wife had been spit on by a Yankees fan, and said the incident that did occur had nothing to do with his decision to sign with the Phillies. He also essentially blew off the notion that he took less money to sign in Philadelphia, noting that he took fewer years.

Yet, I imagine his status as a deity in this city remains intact, because, let’s face it, he blew off New York for Philadelphia – and you gotta love that!

Somehow, though, the national media still managed to take a shot at Philadelphia. On the noise known as the Mike and Mike Show I heard Mike Greenberg sort of wonder aloud if Lee had chosen not to face the pressure of pitching in New York.

Yes, of course the only explanation for an athlete turning down the Yankees is that he couldn’t handle the pressure of the media capital of the world. Apparently, “Greenie” – an unabashed Jets and, I believe, Yankees fan – forgot that Lee dominated the Yankees in the 2009 World Series in Yankee Stadium.

And if that’s not enough evidence of the stupidity of Greenberg’s suggestion, the biggest dope at ESPN agreed with the notion. Continuing the recent string of posting a video once a week here on Rob Q. Ink, I offer up Skip Bayless proving that he is clueless (until ESPN forces YouTube to pull it off their site):




Poor Skip. Did Mike Missanelli really beat him up that much in their infamous exchange in May of ’09? Now he has to hate on Philadelphia? Comparing Lee’s decision to come back to Philadelphia to LeBron James’ orchestrated move to Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh doesn’t even make sense. Weak stuff from the Dallas-based Bayless. Maybe he’s just mad the Eagles beat the Cowboys, eh?

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