Morning Wood: But He’s Different

We like to have fun here

We like to have fun here

Let’s take a journey back to the land of mythical men and mice, where ponies run freely upon a field of Riviera Bermuda Grass and, at least one particular steed’s preferred pasture of grazing, dirt. Because it was on this night, last night, that our favorite gallant warrior, with whom we’ve checked up on very little this calendar year, pissed a frothy mass of excellence so epic that, if for just a moment, we forgot that his chosen pack, comprised of dilapidated misfits and aging wonders, is 70-80 and so far from playoff contention that the cool, crisp air of approaching autumn has long lost its ability to cradle excitement.

Yes, folks, Cliff Lee was excellent last night, and I haven’t written a silly lede like that in what feels like forever.

If you missed the game – which, let’s be honest, you probably did – you’ll be thrilled to learn that the best pitcher in the National League was TOTALLY OUF OF HIS MIND. Here, I’ve separated pitching and batting because, really, I can’t tell which is a better line:


3-4 with two singles, a triple, four RBIs and a run scored


8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 14 K, 0 BB

That’s all swell and good, but the real important bit of tid from last night is this, courtesy of Todd Zolecki:

It looked like his day even hours before the game. Nearly every teammate walked around the clubhouse beforehand with T-shirts that had a picture of Lee’s face and the phrase “… but I’m different,” written underneath it.

“I think that’s just a joke and they’re messing with me,” Lee said. “Whatever.”

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, one of the most popular and respected players in the clubhouse, came up with the T-shirts.

“Cliff is that guy, he’s cool, you know?” Ruiz said. “It’s something we try to do in the clubhouse to have fun.”


Carlos Ruiz made Cliff Lee an ironic t-shirt to which Lee responded with his trademarked whateverIF THE PHILLIES ARE STILL FUN AND NO ONE IS THERE TO SEE IT, ARE THEY STILL FUN?

Last night they were. Last night they were fun.

Full video highlights of Lee drowning the fish in a golden stream of his difference… after the jump.

If the video doesn’t play– here.

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  • Catch a damned pass September 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

    good to feel good every once in a while.

  • ThePhillyFlash September 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Okay, I’ll be honest, I missed the game, never saw so much as an inning. Benedict Cumberbatch was pissing far more excellence as Sherlock Holmes than Cliff Lee against the long dead and stinking to high heaven Marlins.

    • Catch a damned pass September 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

      if it smells like fish it’s a dish.

    • Gettin' Hitched on Saturday September 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Cumberbatch is a fine actor. He’s no Montelban, but he was a fine Khan.

  • Gettin' Hitched on Saturday September 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I missed a chunk of the game until my ESPN (TM) text alerts told me it was 7-0 good guys. While it was good to see a win, it also made me sad. I long for the days when this was the norm… okay, maybe not 12 runs but at least competence both on the mound and at the plate. I yearn for the days of my early-to-mid-20s when /only/ 88 wins seemed far-fetched. I miss the days when we could end a recap like you wrote with an excitement-inducing “AND we have Roy Halladay going tomorrow (tonight)” rather than the excitement-tempering “BUT we have Roy Halladay going tomorrow (tonight).”

    “We believed in those Phillies. The orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It has eluded us the past few seasons, but that’s no matter. Next year they will run faster, stretch out their arms farther… and one fine October…

    So they beat on, bats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past…”

    Ah, nostalgia.

    (If anyone can tell me from where I adapted that quote, you’ll win absolutely nothing other than my admiration. Here’s a hint: it’s from the last line of a book.)

    • Hey September 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

      You sound like a dude who’s about to get hitched to another dude on Saturday

      • Gettin' Hitched on Saturday September 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

        You sound like someone who hasn’t gotten laid in a while. Read a book once in a while (and no, I don’t mean the National Enquirer… I know, the latest stories about Batboy and Elvis being alive look enthralling, but trust me–they’re fakes), and maybe you’ll be able to attract a woman who’s not turning $5 tricks in some back alley of Reading.

        • Hey September 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

          Yeah, you’re not the only person who has read The Great Gatsby. Just the only one here obnoxious enough to quote it on a Philly sports blog. Congrats on marrying whatever fat pig you imported from Chernobyl, though. Glad those Bitcoins came in handy for you bro.

          • Chernobyl needs love, too September 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm

            Chill, man. How was using an innocuous quote being obnoxious? How raw is your pussy from being pounded by 300 lb queers that you’re so sensitive?

    • Yo Momma September 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Cliff Lee is my dreamboat ..
      The Great Gatsby . *boats against the current 😉

      • Gettin' Hitched on Saturday September 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

        Right on.

    • ThePhillyFlash September 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

      In retrospect, maybe I should’ve watched Cliff work last night and saved the first season of Sherlock for tonight as Roy Halladay is no longer “must see”, unless you get off on wiewing a once godlike pitcher deteriorate and turn to shit before your very eyes.

    • Junkhead September 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      The problem with The Great Gatsby is that you’re made to read it in high school, but it’s not until you’re older and you have some life experience that you understand what the last line means!

      • Gettin' Hitched on Saturday September 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        You’re absolutely correct.

  • Jake September 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Love Cliff Lee, but Kershaw is definitely the best pitcher in the NL…

  • Cliff Lee September 17, 2013 at 9:37 am


  • greg September 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    the legend grows

  • Carmen Sandiego September 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

    What’s baseball?

  • The Truth September 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Yeah, Kershaw is hands down the best pitcher in baseball

    • Juniata Ray September 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Agreed. Sorry Clifton. Not touching Kershaw.

      • Cliff Lee September 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm


  • Maxie September 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t get that joke ‘he’s different’. I am getting too old I guess. One thing I know is, Cliff is great but he has zero sense of humor.

  • Captain Obvious September 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the national league. Not Cliff Lee.

  • Drew S September 18, 2013 at 1:58 am

    It’s the Marlins, people, the friggin’ Marlins.

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