We have Cliff Lee and you don’t

  Hello Baseball world today is June 21st 2010 and I am sending this cryptic message from the NorthWest corner of the USA. Though it may come as a surprise to you we actually still have Cliff Lee on our team, the Seattle Mariners. Yes I know many of you are uncomfortable with trying to fathom this fact and thus have begun to speculate who should get Cliff Lee and which prospects you will send up to those odd folks who live next to Canada and usually vote for Democrats. But I want to remind you that we may be mellow but we are not dumb.

    Actually many of us are beginning to wonder if we are going to trade him at all. After our last weekend of stellar pitching where we humbled the mighty Cincinnati Reds by holding them to one run for the whole series, we are actually thinking about letting Cliff Lee stay here the rest of the summer (which arrives around July 5th here). Perhaps you think that by bundling up a bunch of young unproven talent and sending them up here on a jet (which we probably built) that we will part with this incredible pitcher so you can go to the World Series and we will go back to reading books or talking about the great run by the  95 Mariners…..

   Sure our GM Jack Zduriencik has been polite and taken all your calls like a proper Seattle citizen, but we may just take our chances with the draft picks we get if we can’t resign him. Now if you find yourself a little short on overpowering pitchers and you think you may want to part with a proven Major League Power hitter, feel free to call. But enough already with these stupid articles and rumors about who will get Lee without giving the Mariners a fair trade. You may want to turn your TV on and watch the “Deadliest Catch” if you want to get another perspective on what kind of people you are dealing with. Many of us are actually living in this cold damp place just to get away from the rest of you out there in New York, LA, Texas and other non-skookum places.

   Cliff Lee is a one of a kind pitcher who in this dismal first half of the season has given this city someone kind of like us to cheer for. You know hard-working, friendly, decent and productive. If you want to see Cliff Lee pitch you are more than welcome to pack your stuff in your cars and move to Ballard or Wallingford, heck we will even allow you to merge in front of us on the freeway without batting an eye. But just remember we have Cliff Lee and you don’t. http://jeffsmariners.com

4 Responses

  1. Hey Jeff: I read your post several times, looking for the hidden or mysterious message. It still escapes me. As a Mariners fan I would love to see Cliff Lee stay in Seattle. Such may not be the case. If the powers that be do see fit to trade him, they will do it with little regard for what you, me, or any other fan thinks. They will do it with regard to their bottom line, it will surely be a business decision. Wars and rumors of trade wars have been going on in my 50 years of baseball, and will continue to as long as their are newspapers and websites for the fan to peruse. Like you I hope Lee stays, but if not I hope we get a decent stick for him, one we can sign long term. Keep up the good work…B

  2. Brian, No hidden meaning just stating the obvious.I’m getting a little tired of all the taking it for granted around the press that we will for sure trade him or that we will once again trade a Great player for a handful of prospects that may or may not pan-out. Last weekend made it pretty obvious that A. Cliff Lee is something special even if a team only gets him for a few months and B. We still desperately need a proven big league bat in our line-up.Some other tongue in-cheek stuff thrown in to soothe my creative urges…..Jeff

  3. Cliff Lee is easily a top-5 pitcher in my book but with Seattle’s lack of offense and bigtime prospects in their system, I think they will have to bite at an offer. I definitely think someone desperate will make them an offer they can’t refuse. However, I have no idea what the Mariner’s budget situation is. Could they sign him after this year? He’ll most likely get a huge contract. Great response to media reports completing dismissing Seattle.

  4. Rhino,Thanks for the comment.Im glad you understood the sub-text regarding the dismissal of the Seattle team and the fans by the media including our own local media who it seems are already trying to prepare of for an inevitable Trade where we get a handful of AAA prospects for Cliff Lee. Heck we have plenty of AAA prospects some of whom are in our starting line-up! Time will tell but after his last performance I think we can get a youngish MLB player with some pop for Lee.If not just hold-em…..Jeff

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