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Cliff Lee “doesn’t like to be the center of attention”

Nov 15, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

Cliff Lee wipes face

We will continue to see this sort of thing until offers start flying. Do they mean anything? Doubtful. I must be sick, though, because I can’t get enough of them:

A look of panic crossed Cliff Lee’s face as he walked into the auditorium at the Holland Chapel Church one January evening this year, right before he and his wife, Kristen, were honored as Citizens of the Year by the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce for their charity work . . . “I don’t have to speak, do I?” a freaked-out Lee asked his friend . . . “That’s Cliff,” Brumley says. “He can pitch in the World Series before millions of fans, but he can’t speak to 500 people at a banquet. He doesn’t like to be the center of attention.”
Scare-mongering by the Daily News, I presume. Making people think that Lee will stay away from the big money in New York because he’s small-town.  Of course, these stories never seen to mention the fact that Ron Guidry and Mikey Mantle and a whole host of other Yankees stars came from Nowheresville. And that, in general, a huge part of baseball history is based on country boys coming to New York and conquering the world.
Oh well, it passes the time. And it gives you a chance to see Lee’s prom picture, which is fairly hilarious.

  1. billtpa - Nov 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Also: if you don’t like being the center of attention, isn’t a team with Jeter and A-Rod and Sabathia and Rivera a pretty good place to land? Seems like that could go both ways (if it went anywhere at all).

    • grapes911 - Nov 15, 2010 at 2:20 PM

      Or he could join Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels. On the Phillies he’d really be just a slightly better than average starter.

      What would be the average of four aces and fifth starter be?

      I love wishful thinking . . .

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 15, 2010 at 4:05 PM

        Depends on who No. 5 is.

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Nov 15, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    If Lee would just sign with the Mets, he would never be seen or heard from again.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Choose your team already and I guarantee we’ll start talking about you a little less, Cliff.

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