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 Posted: Tue Dec 14th, 2010 12:15 pm
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Deserves it's own topic.

It's because the New York fans are animals and by spitting on his wife we have the completely unheard of scenario of an athlete negotiating with two teams, saying "screw it" and reaching out himself to where he really wants to be.

Nothing funnier than tuning into WFAN out of New York and hear them refer to Lee as "Benedict Arnold".

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Lee would have been a good addition but within 5 years, another bad contract. I really hope the Yankees develop their own pitchers and let Nova have a shot. I said all along that the AJ Burnett signing was a huge mistake. No shot of them getting Greinke (I HOPE) as he has a nervous disorder and would likely fall apart in NYC.

Philly? They look tough.



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Even Philly fans didn't see this coming.
From another thread, a Philly fan opines after it was suggested
the Phils sign Lee"

"I'll assume in acquiring Oswalt that they went over budget and Lee is not in the mix."


Can't call the Phils cheap anymore.



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I'm pleased that he's done this. I think if the "fans" of a team spat on my wife, I'd have a hard time signing with them. Shows the media BS that Mr and Mrs Lee were spouting back in October, though:

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=5729471

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I didnt see it coming. I thought for sure he was staying with the Rangers.

He must really love Philly. Turn downs both Yankees and Rangers for way less money.

Well he did say after being traded last year he thought he end his career in Phily.

Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, & Lee. This could be fun.



However if the Phillies hit the same way they did last year. It wont matter who in the hell is pitching.



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The Phillies are going to be great next year. That rotation is the best I've seen, on paper, since the 90s braves. Good for Lee for going where he wants. With that much money, happiness for the family is worth a few million. Of of the pluses in being set for life is the option to spurn bigger offers and settle where you want.

As far as the Yankee "fans" who did that, they were probably in seats that cost a few grand each and hadn't been to a game all year. Its a disgrace that players families were subjected to that and if they lose players because of it, its deserved.

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This has nothing to do with his wife getting spit on.

This has to do with the fact that he always wanted to be a Phillie, he was heartborken when they traded him, but it didn't seem like they were going to make an offer.  He spurned the 2 teams courting him the entire time and took way less money to go back to Philly, that's proof right there.

 

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Guess Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, & Lee are being called R2C2.

I think The Four Horsemen of Baseball is a better name.:)



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bpickering wrote: I didnt see it coming. I thought for sure he was staying with the Rangers.

He must really love Philly. Turn downs both Yankees and Rangers for way less money.

Well he did say after being traded last year he thought he end his career in Phily.

Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, & Lee. This could be fun.



However if the Phillies hit the same way they did last year. It wont matter who in the hell is pitching.

Lee reportedly went to RBJ last week and said that He wanted to come back to Philly. I'm a little bit worried about the Hitting also. That said, It might not matter when You have these Guys as Your top Four.



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bpickering wrote: Guess Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, & Lee are being called R2C2.

I think The Four Horsemen of Baseball is a better name.:)

You must've watched CSN this Morning.;)



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Be interesting to see how well Philly does if they do not have bat support for these 4 pitchers.

I am glad to see someone finally turn down the yankees though, that has got to piss them off big time because they went all in on him, and didnt even go after anyone else really and now they have nothing to show this offseason, and I am not counting re-signing current players either


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My rotation:

1. Halladay
2. Lee
3. Hamels
4. Oswalt
5. Worley

You trade away Fat Joe & Kendrick for whatever.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: You trade away Fat Joe & Kendrick for whatever.

The rumor has Fat Joe going to the Red Sox.



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This has nothing to do with his wife getting spit on.

Nobody is going to come out and say "well that was a factor" but if your wife is tugging on your shirt saying "I wish we could go back to Philly" .....

Oh and look for the Phils to dump payroll and somehow pick up a bat with their "excess" pitching

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beejmi wrote: This has nothing to do with his wife getting spit on.

Nobody is going to come out and say "well that was a factor" but if your wife is tugging on your shirt saying "I wish we could go back to Philly" .....

Oh and look for the Phils to dump payroll and somehow pick up a bat with their "excess" pitching


Beej, she was doing that before that whole incident ever took place.  They never wanted to leave in the first place.  By ESPN accounts (I know that's not saying much there) they were heartbroken when Lee was traded.  The guy took about 1/3 less to back there.  That should be proof enough.

If the "spitting incident" was that much of a determining factor, why did the Rangers also have no shot?  They rolled out the red carpet for Lee. 

Because Lee wants to be a Phillie.  Nothing wrong with that, and I actually applaud the guy for putting his family over the contract.

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