I like Roy Halladay. He is a pitching great and a clearly a great addition to this team. But I very much liked Cliff Lee.
Last year when this whole trade dead-line thing was happening, I was excited to be hearing that we might get Roy Halladay.
But then I realized that could possibly mean giving up 2 great prospects like J.A. Happ or Kyle Drabek.
When I heard that we got Cliff Lee, and got to keep both of them, I was very excited and knew that we would be a big contender for the World Series. When it was play-off time, I had a good feeling we would be back.
I saw the first play-off game with my own two eyes, and that's when I just say to myself, "This guy's unstoppable."
Of course we got to the World Series, but eventually lost. Cliff pitched extremely well, though, and I began to get really excited for the next season.
But then I start getting updates on ESPN about the Blue Jays looking to trade him. At that point I said, "Thats great. He can really shine with a different team (I just hoped it was an American Leage Team).
But then one day I came home, and turned on SportsNation like i usualy do, and see the bottom line: Blue Jays and Phillies talking about possible trade.
At that moment, I ws overjoyed! Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in the same rotation with Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ and Cole Hamels: Shoot! We'll definitely be back in the World Series.
But then I saw that we would have to give up Cliff.
I thought: "Keep Cliff. When you come across an outstanding lefty like that, you can not let that up."
I was pretty upset.
I wanted Cliff, but I do realize that Roy will be a great help.
However, one thing that bugs me about Roy is that he does not have play-off experience. Dont get me wrong, Roy is a great pitcher, but when it gets late in the season, we might have to rely on Roy and I'm fine with that but I'm afraid that he may choke under the pressure. Keep in mind that he's got a lot of innings-a lot of miles on that odometer.
It will be an interesting season. I cant wait.