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.