Day 2 of “Operation Cliff Lee Countdown”

Not a huge news day unless you count the conflicting reports about whether Andy Pettitte will retire. One minute, a source says he’s not coming back. The next, another source says he will. My take? I’ll believe nothing until I hear Andy state his intentions in his own words, and only then will I cheer or cry.
Now, onto tonight’s Cliff Lee Countdown Video. In this one, he’s in the Bronx, about to start the ’08 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. There are two parts that struck me. Early in the video the YES Network’s Joe Auriemma asks Lee about pitching at Yankee Stadium on such a big occasion. What does Lee say in response?
“Everybody knows the heritage that comes along with the New York Yankees. I’m completely honored and privileged to be here.”

OK, he didn’t say anything remotely like that in last night’s video with the Mariners, right? Clearly, he gets that the Yankees are the team where icons hang out. I mean, did he ever say he was honored and privileged to be in Arlington, Texas?
The other part that interested me comes at the end of the video. Joe asks if his family is there to watch him pitch. 
“Yeah, my wife and kids, my parents, my financial advisor…”

Hmm. His wife was at Yankee Stadium? And she didn’t get harassed by boorish, spitting, beer-swilling Yankee fans? I think Cliffy needs to remind her of that. Or Cashman does.


  1. redstatebluestate

    Anyone, friend or foe of the Yankees, would be crazy not to say that stuff in an interview before an All-Star Game at Old Yankee Stadium. So I wouldn’t read too much into it… but you’re right, I never heard him say something like that about Arlington… and they’re the real competition here. Signs are pointing to Yankeeland… at least, in my unofficial world of guesstimates.

  2. Jane Heller

    Yes, I know some of what Lee said at the top of that interview is standard, boiler plate stuff, but he never sounded that excited in Texas, Jeff. And you’re probably the first to post today because the rest of my commenters have fled the blog for greener pastures. So it goes.

    Who is, Paul? Cliff Lee or Jeff? LOL.

  3. James Buxton

    Hello Jane, and Paul and Jeff:

    There are a lot of things I wanted to say in the past days, the job kept me from doing it, so I’ll try to put all here:

    I’m glad the Jeter public drama is over, I wasn’t happy with all the things that went public, and I’m sure the Captain wasn’t either.
    I admire more and more how Mo behaves, I was surprised to hear Boston made an offer, but he is a Yankee, so I’m sure he’ll get his plaque in Cooperstown wearing a Yankees cap.
    I adored your posts of Operation Jeter and Operation Cliff Lee
    My friend (the one bringing your book) had to delay his trip, so I’m biting my nails in anticipation
    I think Mr. Cashman, Mr. Levine and even “Little Boss” Hal should have a “taste” from the free agency market.
    I hope my boss soon goes to greener pastures, I need vacations…

  4. Jane Heller

    Hey, James. Sorry to hear your job has kept you so busy. I must have a talk with that boss of yours! Jeter said in today’s press conference that he was very angry that his negotiations took such a public turn; I think it mortifed him. But now he can just continue to be a Yankee. So your friend’s trip has been delayed? Well, whenever he and the book do come, I hope it’ll be fun!

  5. James Buxton

    I’m sure it will be fun Jane, I’m looking forward to read it!!
    I’m sure Jeter was angry, he never liked to have that kind of aspects of his life exposed.
    My boss will take vacations the last two weeks of the year, so I hope to have a little more time…

  6. blithescribe

    I don’t know Kristen Lee, of course, and she’s probably a very nice person, but during interviews she strikes me as more than a little air-y shall we say. Perhaps she doesn’t realize she sat with Yankees fans before. I mean it is a new stadium, right? 😉

  7. raysrenegade

    As always, let me be the first to give you the kudos you deserve as the Top Fan Blog for November 2010. Always a thrill when I pop on the MLBlogosphere and see the She-Fan at the top of the MLB mountain.
    Now if I can just persuade you to go MLB Pro Blog (ljust kidding).
    Seriously, one of the reasons I have stayed here is to stand on the Silver podium spot next to the immortal She-Fan.
    Congrats again for the November honor.

    Rays Renegade aka Kato to the She-Fan’s Green Hornet

  8. Jane Heller

    LOL, blithescribe. Mrs. Lee may have had ballpark amnesia, not remembering that she had been to Yankee Stadium without incident. Either that, or Yankee fans were remarkably restrained (i.e. sober) for the All Star game, which is entirely possible.

    Thanks, Renegade. I see you’re #2, inching ever closer to the top! I think 2011 will be your year to reign supreme here. Want to bet?

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