Seattle-Mariners.jpg">As we move into Spring Training and beyond, one of the baseball questions that keeps haunting me as a Phillies fan is Should the Phillies have kept Cliff Lee? Yes, Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball and is well worth the contract he signed with the Phillies. Yes, Cole Hamels looks motivated to prove everyone that last year was an aberration. Yes, the Phillies rotation looks good in Spring Training thus far. (Though the classic line from “Major League” rolls through my head: yeah, against guys who are going to be bagging groceries in a couple of weeks!) But couldn’t the Phillies have kept Lee, somehow, some way???
The twosome of Halladay and Hamels should be great. But that puts the Phillies on par with some other great duos like Lincecum and Cain, Carpenter and Wainwright, Sabathia and Burnett, Hernadez and Lee and Lester and Beckett. However a threesome of Halladay-Lee and Hamels could not be matched by any other team. (No Red Sox fans, not even by Lester-Beckett and Lackey) The goal is to win the World Series and though I’m ecstatic that the Phillies finally got Roy Halladay, I did not want to exchange Cliff Lee for him. I’m a little torn because I like the moves to keep the Phillies relevant into the future. I’ve lived through the dry times and got razzed on the day of the 10000th loss, so a move to keep the Phillies good for future years is heartening. But couldn’t we have gone for it this year and then seen what happened? The future is not guaranteed, you have to go for the NOW!
I guess we’ll see what happens this season. I expect the Phillies to win the East, take out St Louis for the Penant and face the Yankees again in October. Hopefully this time the Offense, Hamels and Lidge all have their A games ready so Philadelphia can hoist another banner!