Yesterday was a bleak news day for the Philadelphia Phillies. They placed half of their starting infield on the 15-day disabled list. Chase Utley injured his thumb on a slide attempt the night prior and Placido Polanco, who joined him, has had a lingering elbow injury since being plunked in a game against Atlanta.
If that news wasn’t bad enough, Cliff Lee, the man whom most Phillies fans believe should still be donning the #34, threw his third consecutive complete game for the Seattle Mariners against the team that defeated them in the World Series just this past season, the New York Yankees. Why is this a problem for the Phillies? With last night’s win, the Mariners are now just 14 games back of the first place Texas Rangers, which means that Cliff Lee, who is in the final year of his contract, will inevitably be dealt to a contender.
One of the teams that has been rumored to be a destination for Lee would be the Phillies number one rival, the New York Mets, who for the time being are in front of the Phillies in the division standings. The thought of Lee in a New York uniform is something that Phillies fans would rather not think about it. It is very likely that if Lee was dealt to the Mets, that a game played in Citizens Bank Park that featured Lee as the starter, would end with the fans giving Lee a rousing ovation for his efforts last season. Because after all, the fan base in Philadelphia never gave Clifton a proper send off.
Phillies fans, giving a Mets’ starter a standing ovation in the middle of a playoff chase? It’s highly likely.
This team, this city, and I assume the players in this city, all wish Cliff Lee was still on the roster. I don’t need to do responsible research to find out if any of that is true, because there’s no way it’s not true. Cliff Lee wanted the Phillies and the Phillies, minus Ruben Amaro Jr., wanted Lee.
Philadelphia fans from all over should be praying to whatever God they pray to that Cliff Lee doesn’t end up in a rotation with Johan Santana.