The National Cliff Lee Lunacy Has Set In

Earlier, we told you about New York's reaction to the Cliff Lee signing.  Now the rest of the country has weighed in and, well, it's out of control.

Ray Rotto of CSN Bay Area says the reason the Phillies got Cliff Lee was to close the "Madison Bumgarner Gap."  For realsies.

Now, with Lee's five-year, $120 million deal, their payroll will nudge, if not actually exceed, $170 million. They have nearly doubled their payroll in four years.

Go on…

All because they didn't have Madison Bumgarner.


That's our theory anyway. I mean, they've already got more hitting than the Giants, and that's even allowing for Jayson Werth going to the Washington Nationals. Thus when they invested in Lee, they were going toe-to-toe with those dysfunctional, misshapen, weirdo, all-arm-and-no-wood, costumed geezers in San Francisco.


Put it this way: Cliff Lee or Tim Lincecum? Except for age, it's a wash, and Lee is at the top of his powers right now. Roy Halladay or Matt Cain? Again, Halladay, for the same reason.

What same reason?  Both Halladay and Lee are significantly better than Cain.  Stop it, just stop.

Now it gets interesting. Roy Oswalt or Bumgarner? Any fair-minded person would have to say that Oswalt's track record gives him the edge, but if you want to put Cole Hamels against Bumgarner instead … well, the edge is smaller but it's still there.

Madison Bumgarner has pitched 191 innings in the Major Leagues.

And in the four-slot, you have Oswalt or Hamels against Jonathan Sanchez. Go on, make a case for Sanchez. We've got all the time in the world.

What the…

Yeah, that's what I thought.

What's what you thought?

I have no idea what Mr. Rotto just said, but the reason the Phillies signed Cliff Lee has nothing to do with Madison Bumgarner.  The Giants were a genetic grab bag of luck that found its way into the playoffs thanks to a late season Phillies sweep of the Padres.  Somewhere between Brian Wilson's dumb beard and Cody Ross' rodeo clown aspirations they pulled a World Series ring out of their collective asses.  Please.

H/T to reader Vince for that ridiculous link

Meanwhile on ESPN…

Skip Bayless tweeted:

Cliff Lee went LeBron, ran from pressure of being The Ace in Tex or being the savior in NY. In effect teamed up w/ Wade, Bosh & Melo in Philly

What a douche.


13 Responses

  1. Boy, you’re not kidding. He is a douche. Lee didn’t want the pressure of being the only ace? Who were the other aces that were here in 09? Hamels had his worst year then, and who else did we have? Moyer? Blanton? Kendrick? What a douche. The guy chose happiness for him and his family over money and everyone’s gotta hate. Let em. Who gives a fuck?

  2. Wait, didnt he cme to Philly, and deal with the media here, was the ace of the defending world champions? And did he not go into New York, game one of the 2009 series and absolutely DOMINATE the fucking Yankees? Then had another win against them later in the series, in a town like Philadelphia? And he can’t deal with the pressure? Okay Skip Bayless, shut the fuck up. You do not deserve to be on the World Wide Leader of sports you stupid shit head. The only reason you say this kind of absolute ludicrous shit is because you want attention, and look different.

  3. Skip Bayless is THE WORST. He couldn’t be more wrong. LeBron is the most self-loving, egomaniac douchebag in all of pro sports. Cliff Lee just turned down the Yankees because he wanted to play where he’d be happiest and where his family would be happiest. You have got to be kidding me. And comparing the Phils’ rotation to Wade, Bosh and Melo? Are you serious? Skip knows nothing about baseball so he has to put it into terms that he feels comfortable about shouting about. I feel like I wasted a part of my life listening to him. Jeez.

  4. Who is Skip Bayless?
    Really who is this guy, I assume the guy paid to say the controversial shit….am i right?
    Oh and I bet he is the “shining star” and on another one of ESPN’s “fill” shows.
    He goes BACK (notice, he didnt just go to random team of guys he previously knew) to a team he LOVED (and missed him terribly), took ALOTTT (not a little) less money, and F’d over the MONSTER conglomerate that WAS the Yankees.
    This is nothing more than a stupid man paid to be on tv to start shit relating one element (hes playing with other stars on one team) to LeBron, who is by all accords, the biggest sellout known to pro sports.
    ….expected because we do live in a world 97.8% filled with morons.
    ..anyways…GO PHILS, congrats LEE and your family, Philly has your back and will forever love you..

  5. i love Aaron’s comment^
    Skip Bayless has been a hack forever and he doesn’t know shit aboout fuck. Cliff Lee showed his humulity and his love of Philly by taking less money to come here, this is nowhere near LeBron territory. fuck skip bayless.

  6. Skip Bayless is a true asshole. It’s incomprehensible to hear anyone compare the Cliff Lee signing to the LeBron James fiasco. There was no build up to it, nor a special program to announce his decision. Cliff Lee simply made a choice from the offers he was given, along with where he felt the best all-around opportunity was for him. He saw the best chance to win with the Phils and he handled it like a true gentleman. Not because I’m a Phillies fan, but I would have made the same choice. It had nothing to do with him not wanting to be the ace, or co-ace of a pitching staff. Furthermore, he loved his time in Philadelphia and will be reunited with a team of players he is familiar with. How does Bayless rate giving any kind of opinion. If I was his boss, he’d be fired for showing outright stupidity.

  7. Yeah, because Lee held an hour long special revealing his “decision” like a little self centered bitch. *rolls eyes*

  8. All we need to know about Skip Bayless is that he wrote for the the Dallas Morning News for 17 years and has written three books about the Cowboys. He HATES Philadelphia and jumps at every chance he can get to rip the city, the teams, the players, or the fans…even if his arguments have no basis reality.

  9. Seems as though the only thing that could be important enough to overshadow a a recent World Series win and spark a jealous rant in San Francisco, is to sign Cliff Lee.
    The Giants will be lucky to make the playoffs next year.

  10. Bumgartner? Seriously? Every pitcher we have is better than every pitcher they have. Our offense choked it up in the NLCS. As for Bayless, you can’t compare the two at all except for the fact they both took less money to be with a team they felt was the best. The Decision was a bad move but I don’t think LeBron is the baddest of bad guys anyway and Cliff Lee is no where near where people think LeBron is.

  11. On SC last night they actually had LeBron call in and dicuss Cliff Lee’s decision because he is a professional in the field… oh wait wrong sport…well maybe it was because he is close friends with Cliff… oh wait he said he only met him twice while he was pitching for Cleveland. The converstion was all of 5 mintues, and he basically said “yeah I really don’t know him and I really don’t know what his motivation was, but I wish him the best of luck” What a complete WASTE of time. One of the main reasons he chose Philly is because it was the best decision for his FAMILY. How the hell does that make him similar to LEBRON??? Oh and I’m sure Cliff cried himself to sleep knowing that this douchebag “lost respect” for him. What a disgrace.

    For the postseason, Bumgarner had a 1.03 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 52⅔ innings. He now owns the all-time lowest World Series ERA at 0.25 with a minimum of 20 innings.
    Perfect Game, a nationally-recognized scouting service, went all in on Bumgarner after the 2006 showcase. But after mowing down the Royals in legendary form eight years later, the service couldn’t imagine how prophetic its words would become.
    “Frankly, he looks like he can do just about anything he wants to do athletically and probably can,” Perfect Game’s report said.


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