Tagged: Cliff Lee

Leeless in Arlington

leephilsy.jpg “I feel like a spurned lover.”  This is pretty much the consensus feeling in Rangerdom right now.  Me, I’m not quite sure which stage o’ grief I’m in right now, probably irrational anger as I look at the picture to your right.

Despite all of the “fun” Cliff claims to have had here in his short tenure, despite the alleged friendships that were cultivated, in the end, it just feels like he’s told us “Sorry Texas Rangers, you just aren’t good enough.”  This of course, makes me angry.

However, as I ride this roller coaster of fandom emotions today, at points I’m also finding myself a little relieved.  Truth be told, I was never comfortable with the $$$ and contract lengths being thrown around, given Lee’s age.  I figured we’d get at most, three really good years out of him before the inevitable decline.

Anyway, I’m sure as hell glad the Rangers aren’t in the NL East, that Philly starting four looks freaking incredible.  Kudos to their Ninja GM for pulling off this last second swipe under everyone’s noses.

Oh, and on the bright-side, at least he isn’t a MF Yankee.

Le Sigh.

–Jonestein

Enough With The “Cliff Lee Sucks” Meme!

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It’s not easy interacting with casual baseball fans here in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex, in fact it gets downright frustrating.  Case in point: I’m about to get a chest scan at the doctor’s office yesterday morning, the tech sees that I have a Ranger’s t-shirt on, and in the spirit of casual conversation makes the following remark:

“Yeah, the Rangers are doing great this year, so long as Cliff Lee don’t pitch.  That guy really sucks.”

Now, I know I’m going to sound like a snot-a$s baseball elitist here, but this guy obviously hasn’t watched The Cliff pitch more than a couple of times this year, if at all.  Yes, Lee has had a rough go of it his last 3-4 starts (which we now know is likely due to some undisclosed back pain he’s been experiencing), but “suck”?  No, sir, you are just eff!ing wrong.  

Up until his recent rough patch, Lee almost single-handedly saved our worn-out bullpen.  He’s been an invaluable mentor for the rest of the pitching staff (see C.J. Wilson, Michael Kirkman, etc), and still, despite the unfortunate W/L record, has a downright Kryptonian strikeout-to-walk ratio.

So please, casual fans, quit spreading idiotic memes.  If you can’t, please go back across the street to JerryWorld and discuss the merits of Dez Bryant’s rookie toe cheese.

End of snotty, elitist rant.

:^)

–Jonestein