Cliff Lee Hurls Spitball In Texas’ Face

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Posted December 14, 2010 by Jeff Prince in Blotch
CLIFF LEE

CLIFF LEE

Gosh, we thought you liked us. We thought you’d bonded with us. After all we’d been through, we thought we had something special.

Nope.

rejected

“Hey, babe, it was fun — see ya around sometime,” pitcher Cliff Lee told the Texas Rangers and the many fans he’s made since coming here in July and leading the team to the World Series for the first time.

Ouch.

dumped

But that’s okay. Don’t be bitter. We should wish him well. He earns $20 million a year for throwing a baseball, but he represents the working man.

In the 1970s, free agency came about in Major League Baseball because team owners had routinely exploited players financially for the previous 100-plus years.

So it’s great to see Lee shun the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees (the only two teams thought to be in the running for this star player) and take less money to go play for the team he likes best in the city in which he most prefers to live.

Sure, we’ll miss him. He was our best pitcher. But who can blame him for not wanting to pitch in the brutal Texas heat for a perennial loser that’s had one great season since coming to Arlington in 1972?

The Rangers had a magical season in 2010 and, perhaps with Tom Hicks gone and Nolan Ryan’s ownership group in place, they can do it again in 2011.

SOME FANS WANT NOLAN TO DO THIS TO CLIFF LEE

SOME FANS WANT NOLAN TO DO THIS TO CLIFF LEE

Still, the team’s chances are slim. Especially now that Lee’s gone.

But if rich, monopolistic owners hadn’t abused players for so long and made them de facto indentured servants with unfair reserve clauses, then maybe the sport wouldn’t have devolved into the musical-chair rosters seen today.


4 Comments


  1.  
    pushy

    Cliff Lee had a mediocre record (12-9), a mediocre ERA (3-plus), got beat twice in the World Series and yet still wants more than $20 mill a year? I say this “working man” can take the first luxury jet to Philly and good riddance.




  2.  
    Whooshmeir

    i wouldnt call 12-9 a mediocre record. but he can still hit the road for all i care. baseball players are overpaid babies.




  3.  
    Zack

    Actually, u p front he is getting 25 million a year, which IS more than he would have gotten from Texas or New York.
    More to the point, he said himself he went to Philly because he feels that’s the best chance of winning.
    Basically goes to show everything he said about how he loved Texas and the team was crap.




  4.  
    m

    Lee took the most money actually. 12.5 mil guaranteed after 5 years if philly doesn’t resign = 25.5 mil. best money and close to his kids luekemia doctor. It’s best overall for the guy. Besides we made it to the playoffs without him. We need to keep the players that got us there first.





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