Road Rage? Not For Lee

I hate traffic jams, which is why I hate taking the Schuylkill to the ballpark every day. There is no rhyme or reason to it. One day nothing. Next day total gridlock. And when I hit that traffic I go mental because I hate getting to the ballpark late.

Cliff Lee is cooler than I am. (Insert joke here.) He got stuck in traffic before Game 1 of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium, so he hopped out of a cab and took the subway. He showed up late, but he allowed one unearned run and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory over the Yankees.

Lee found himself in a similar situation tonight on his way to Nationals Park. Lee took a cab for the typically 15-minute ride the ballpark. But he hit traffic because of an accident and traffic moved slowly.

“I started to get a little nervous,” he said. “I finally saw the ballpark and I was like, ‘All right.’”

Lee entered the Phillies clubhouse around 5 p.m. for the 7:05 p.m. start, roughly 30 minutes later than he wanted.

Did it bother him? No, a little more than four hours later he threw the sixth shutout of his career in a 4-0 victory over the Nationals. He allowed three hits, one walk and struck out 12.

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7 Comments

And this is why we call him Clifton Phifer.

And this is why he is…Clifton…Phifer.

I know what you mean, Todd. When I drive home to New Jersey from school (I go to school in New York), I avoid the GW bridge at all cost. It’s ALWAYS crowded.

Well, that settles it. Can we hire a couple of those insurance scammer guys who stage accidents for insurance fraud to get into accidents on Cliff’s route to the ball park on days he pitches?

I think Phils would get one of the news helicopters to drop down on the Schuykill and pick him up to get to the game in time, besides he arrives at the park the morning of a game

What a masterful performance last night. Must give some kudos to Zimmerman (Nats pitcher) for pitching a no hitter through 6. Way to go Chooch!

The difference between Lee and Halladay is that Halladay will rarely have days like Lee did in his last start, but at their best they are very comparable. That was a masterpiece last night.

Can anyone tell me why the players, who I imagine are all staying at the same hotel, don’t take a bus that the team provides to arrive at the ballpark at the same time?

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