From Nando DiFino, Wall Street Journal:
In a world of saturated sports coverage, where every comment, Tweet or sneeze is analyzed ad nauseum, Cliff Lee’s decision to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies was a beautiful stunner.
For months, it had been all but determined that Lee would choose between the Yankees or Rangers. Would he sign for six years? Would it be seven? Where would his wife sit in Yankee Stadium? Sports writers fed their families on rumors.
Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, arguably two of the game’s best pitchers, are now on the same staff. And they’re followed by Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, neither of them slouches. Ruben Amaro Jr., who made a name for himself by convincing pitcher Kyle Kendrick that he had been traded to Japan for a hot-dog eating champion, has to now be considered one of baseball’s shrewdest general managers.
Although Yankees and Rangers fans probably woke up with a bad taste in their mouths this morning, Lee’s deal with the Phillies shows that surprise remains possible in this 24-7 sports news cycle.
“Lee had been silent, and his agent, Darek Braunecker, had not said much, either,” Tyler Kepner of the New York Times writes. “They played this to perfection, and in the process kept all of baseball guessing.”
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