By Andy Wheeler
The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride. Conquest, War, Famine and Death. Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels.
At no time in the history of baseball has such a rotation been collected. Cy Youngs…Playoff Mvps…talent beyond compare. Every team in baseball that isn’t based in Philadelphia just threw up in their mouth.
Speechless…I was rendered completely speechless for a solid hour. That alone should speak to the gravity of this moment.
In the Era of big contracts and huge money…a guy wanted to come here. He wanted to play in Philadelphia and to do so he turned down more money from the Evil Empire. How funny is it that a Yankees fan I talked to tonight…2 actually…both want to kill the guy who either spit or yelled at (depending on reports) Cliff Lee’s wife in New York.
So a fan…FROM NEW YORK…IN NEW YORK…was so rude that a guy turned down $38 million more (depending on reports) and more of a guarantee to come to Philly. That is the best and most unbelievable part of this.
Hey Yankees fans… (Right now I’m extending an undisclosed digit on my right hand and smiling).
If for just the next 5 or 6 years Yankees fans could be considered worse than Phillies fans. I hope my New York friends now understand just what it’s like to have people think that you are all alike. That one apple speaks for you all. In this moment you all got a taste of what it’s like to be characterized like a Philadelphia fan.
You’ve cheered a player on an opposing team getting hurt (Alexander Ovechkin if you didn’t hear got hurt and they cheered at the Garden) and a fan potentially cost you Cliff Lee. Good week out of you guys, thanks for making us look good.
Part of all this is that he just wanted to be here on this team. It speaks volumes to just how good a team Ruben has assembled.
I honestly want to find Ruben Amaro Jr. right now and give him a big hug. I didn’t think this was possible at all. I did think something weird was going on when Lee didn’t give anyone an answer for a week. My only thought was that maybe he didn’t want to play for the Yankees. So I figured it would be Texas.
But this is just ridiculous. It’s insane. I mean…every one of these guys is capable of winning 20 games or more. I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around it.
Santa came early this year…and apparently when the fat man threw a present our way this year…it was a biggie. If everyone stays healthy (which is a huge concern) we may win the division in the middle of August. If we have injury problems again…it’s all moot. Either way it’s good to have other teams fear you when you come to town. How dumb does Jayson Werth feel now?
To quote Don Bell, formerly of CBS 3 and now with ESPN, “the rotation just went from electric to nuclear.”
And CBSPhilly.com’s Steve Beck may have had the line of the night – “they should run a promotion to let a fan pitch on the 5th day”
For the love of God, I actually apologized to a Mets fan tonight! I felt bad for him. What a great night!
Nobody wants to play us now. You get maybe one night off a week vs. this team.
This is literally a Christmas miracle!
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
The Phillies Four Horseman of Apocalypse ride.