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Cliff Lee brushes off the fan spitting stuff

Oct 27, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

Cliff Lee

I continue to maintain that the “fans spit on Kristen Lee” thing is being blown way out of proportion. If you’re going to take anything from her comments it’s not that, which was a brief, one-sentence aside. It’s the several things she had to say about liking Dallas, wanting to be close to Arkansas and her and her husband’s smaller town temperament. For his part, Cliff Lee is blowing it off too:

“I brush that off as fans being fans. You can’t control 50,000 people and what they’re going to do. There were some people that were spitting off the balcony on the family section and things like that, and that’s kind of weak, but what can you do? No, I don’t know the guy that did it. It could be anyone. Who knows? Who cares? They’re at home right now.”

And, quite predictably and quite understandably, Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker — who certainly doesn’t want the Yankees or any other team to shy away from his client — says that the Kristen Lee stuff will have no bearing whatsoever on where Lee ends up signing:

“The story is not an issue to us. Her experience in New York is certainly a non-issue. She enjoys New York as much as anyone enjoys New York.”

“As much as anyone enjoys New York?” Wow, I had no idea it was that bad.

  1. Jonny 5 - Oct 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    “The story is not an issue to us. Her experience in New York is certainly a non-issue. She enjoys New York as much as anyone enjoys New York.”

    LMAO!!! Doesn’t he know escape from NY is a true story???? Every time I go there It’s that way. Handcuffing my valuables to my wrist. Clothes tattered. Growing a mullet and a scruffy “beard”, calling myself Snake so no one messes with me. It’s always the same for me…. Can’t wait to leave….

  2. paperlions - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    A lot of players have used the Yankees to drive up their asking price of the places they really want to go…..it has happened so often that the Yankees now show no interest and publicly state they have no interest in some players just to keep agents from using them. I just don’t see Cliff Lee, his wife, or family as a fit for NY….but Cliff seems exactly like the kind of player that will put great emphasis on his family’s happiness with a city.

  3. frankvzappa - Oct 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    its gonna be tough for him to leave the team he just pitched to its first World Series championship as well, if the bidding is even remotely close…

    • bigharold - Oct 27, 2010 at 2:11 PM

      Really, .. why? It didn’t mean anything to the Phillies when he lead them to the WS last year.

      He was traded by the Indians after he won the Cy Young. He was traded by the Phillies after he not only lead them to the WS, he was clearly the only pitcher that had any success against the Yankees. As soon as the Mariners realized they weren’t making the playoffs they auctioned him off too.

      He’s been traded three times in the last two years, treated like a commodity, because it was in the best interest of the team that held his contract at the time. That amounts to a crash course in the business side of baseball. When the time comes for him to make his decision I’d wager it will be as a business decision too. I’m sure he factor his family and his career but money counts for a lot. This is his one and only shot at free agency. I wouldn’t put too much stock in his half a season with the Rangers or his love for Ranger fans.

      And, if the Sabathia deal is an indicator the Yankee offer will be the biggest offer by far.

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