I interrupt this Christmas season to momentarily look to another season. Baseball season. For those of you who are not from the Philly area, or not Phillies fans, such as myself, this post will be completely irrelevant to you. But you may want to read it anyway, because it's a baseball story with romance.
As you may or may not know, it was announced today that Cliff Lee has re-signed on with the Phillies as a pitcher. Now, I'll spare you the details (because if you care about this, you already know, and if you don't care...well, then you don't care), but let's just say it gives my team a stinkin' awesome pitching rotation. Four of the best. I'm a little excited. Okay, I'm nearly giddy with anticipation for the baseball season to start. *taking deep breaths to contain my excitement*
Now, I have to tell you, the reason that I love Mr. Lee, aside from his amazing ball-throwing abilities, is that he just seems like a sweet, humble guy. A team player that doesn't have an ego the size of Texas, which is who we gave him up to last season. But he's back now, and part of the reason why only adds to my love of him. Last year when the Rangers were playing the (stinkin') Yankees, some of those obnoxious Yankee fans actually spit on Cliff Lee's wife. Fast forward 2 months and those same Yankees are now offering Lee a lot of money to sign on with them. (Those cocky New Yorkers bragged, after the incident, that 'the wife' would "get over it and still sign with them once the money was on the table". They think money will get them anything they want.) The Phillies are also offering him a sizeable amount of money, but still a good deal less than the Yanks. Apparently Mr. Lee remembers the poor treatment of his lovely Missus, and adds that to the fact that he already loved being a Philly, and he signs with us instead!!
Now, to understand the brevity of this, you must know this bit of info...Cliff Lee just walked away from a $154 million, six year contract to go with our $120 million, five year contract.
That's right ladies and gents, nobody spits on Mrs. Lee....not even for $30 million.
The man just walked away from $30 million to play a sport he loves, in a town he loves, with teammates he loves, and to get the wife he loves the treatment she deserves. What's not to love about that?!?!
Welcome back Cliff!!! :)