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Cliff Lee says rumored affinity for Yankees is "a lie"

Aug 24, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

Take one listen to the Colin Cowherd radio program — “The Herd,” I believe it’s called — and it’s not hard to conceive why people don’t take the guy seriously. 

Cowherd is loud and far from level-headed, and on Monday he made a few ridiculous comments regarding Rangers ace Cliff Lee.

Lee was shelled for eight earned runs on 10 hits against the light-hitting Orioles this weekend.  Instead of chalking it up as a rare bad outing — the type of which every great pitcher has experienced — Cowherd asserted that the left-handed Lee was not trying, and that he “mailed it in” against Baltimore because he “doesn’t care about Texas.”

Cowherd went on to say that sources have told him Lee “will not re-sign with Texas” because he wants to be a Yankee.

That drew a response from Lee on Monday night, via ESPNDallas.com:

“It’s a lie,” Lee said. “Write that. Are you writing? Write that it’s a
lie. I did not say that and nobody close to me would say that. Either
say who the source is or shut up because I am saying it is not true.”

We’re going to side with Lee on this one.  He’s been lights-out, for the most part, since the Rangers acquired him in July and a few bumps in the road don’t necessitate the creation of conspiracy theories. 

A better assumption, if assumptions are even needed, is that the left-hander is focused on reaching the playoffs with his current first-place club and not worried about his impending free agency.  At least not yet.

  1. John_Michael - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    And that the O’s are playing 96 win baseball in the Buck Era. Cliff was just over matched.

  2. birdmancometh - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    I like it.

  3. JimmyY - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Consider the source. You can’t take anyting the Cowpile says seriously. He’s so full of himself its a non-listened to show. He tries to make egregious claims in order to get listeners riled up so they’ll call in and get ESPN

  4. Simon DelMonte - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Lee wants to win. And wants to win now. Like every player on a contender.
    He might also want to play in the Bronx next year. So might Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. That is irrelevant to their efforts between now and November. It’s silly to think otherwise.

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    I’d have to say it’s a bunch of BS. A lie? Yes. Made up? Yes. At this point, after being traded around from team to team, i’d have to say Lee is more worried about just maintaining his awesome record and just pitch as well as he can. He’s been quoted as saying he’d love to come back to Philly, So What’s with all the Yankee talk anyway? I know he’s not coming back to Philly, but it’s something he actually said at least…..

  6. The Real Shuxion - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    And Cowherd likes Zima…..so yeah.

  7. Richie - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    How did you ever find a picture of Lee where he’s not smiling?!

  8. geoknows - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Cowherd’s sources = Yankees fans.

  9. IdahoMariner - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Lee was focused on winning every outing when he was a Mariner, not anywhere close to a playoff race. The man is focused on what he does every day. It’s why he is so good — he doesn’t appear to think about, or is able to block out, everything that is peripheral — and all of the contract crap is peripheral to what he loves to do — pitch. He’s awesome. I miss him — I wish we’d kept him just to have something amazing to watch every fifth day, screw the playoffs or rebuilding. He’s just plain awesome at what he does. Cowherd, ont he other hand, is a tool.

  10. JimmyY - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Cowpile is full of himself and just tries to get reactions from listeners thinking that will get him looked at favorably by his superiors, but he’ll never admit that. Lee is a professional and has always performed that way. Consider the source.

  11. Kiwicricket - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Border-line ‘Blue Steel’ material

  12. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Cowherd is the Glenn Beck of sports talk show hosts. Like we needed one.

  13. matt - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Cowherd is a pompous jerk. He’s an elitist also if you listen closely. He’s always taking shots at the “everyday” fan. Anyway, outside of him, Cliff Lee went throught he same bad stretch last year for the phillies after they traded for him. He was smoking hot for his first few starts and then hit a wall and got shelled for about 4 starts in a row. He came out of it and had a great post-season, to the point that the phillies fans still obssess over him to this day. I wouldn’t take any pitcher in the game over him come playoff time. Just ask the Yankees about that.

  14. paul - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Any idiot with a blog, tv or radio show can say whatever they want it will become fact

  15. Cougar Hunter - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    I can imagine Cowherd at home, listening to his own podcasts and touching himself while he stares into one of his several floor to ceiling mirrors.

  16. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Or the Keith Olbermann.

  17. pancho - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    “He’s been lights-out, for the most part”….Really????
    Let’s see. The team is 3-6 in those games he started. He has 2 wins, 4 loses, and 3 ND. His ERA has gone from 2.34 to 3.09. In his last 5 starts, he is 1-3 w/ an ERA of 5.80; he has given up 23 earned runs.
    Boy, they’ll given anyone a blog. Silva, I think the only light that is out is the one in your brain housing unit. Either you are professionally jealous of Cowherd OR you really hate the Yankees….maybe both? Nevertheless, think before you type.

  18. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Well, we could use one of those.

  19. jde - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Rob Dibble? Is that you?

  20. TheBuzzOnNY.com - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    He has to say that. He doesn’t want the Yankees to low ball him with the first offer.

  21. Calir - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Say what you want about Cowherd, but he walks the fine line at ESPN more than any other on air employee. That network should honestly add a “PC” prefix to ESPN.

  22. steelers rule - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Cowturd is another puppet at teh world wide loser! He coudl nto get another job anywhere else if eh has to think for himself. ESPN= Egosticial Self Promoting Network!

  23. bigtrav425 - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    CowCrap is one of the worst radio guys iv ever heard.He is a douche bag and tool. He also has no clue what he is talking about.Id rather get hit in the head By Adam Dunn takin a home run swing then listening to that guy

  24. Tony A - Aug 25, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    Well said, Gator…

  25. Dodgerblue - Aug 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Cowpile…sweet. I did’nt know anybody still listened to that narcissist. I always figured him to be married to himself and going off on how great a couple of road apples they make together.

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