Cliff Lee: "I Never Wanted to Leave"

Lee says he never wanted to leave.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Fans and Cliff Lee talk about the pitcher returning to the Phillies (Published Monday, Dec 20, 2010)

    He could have gotten $30 million more.

    But instead of going with the New York Yankees $150 million deal, Cliff Lee signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies Wednesday, excited to be back.

    Lee's Back and Talking!

    [PHI] Lee's Back and Talking!
    Pitching ace Cliff Lee talks about his return to the Phillies and the city of brotherly love. Watch the interview. (Published Thursday, Dec 16, 2010)

    "Here I am. I never wanted to leave this place in the first place,  so to get an opportunity to come back and be part of this team and this pitching rotation is going to be historic, I believe," Lee said.

    When he helped take us to the World Series in 2009, Cliff said he and his family really loved it here -- the city, the sellouts and the camaraderie in the clubhouse.

    Cliff Lee: "I Never Wanted to Leave"

    [PHI] Cliff Lee: "I Never Wanted to Leave"
    Cliff Lee gets his new uniform -- #33 -- during the Phils official press conference. He says he never wanted to leave. (Published Monday, Dec 20, 2010)

    "It's just a good team. It's a good environment. . .it's a good group of guys. It's a close-knit group and that's what you want to be a part of."

    Lee’s contract has a vesting option for 2016 and includes award packages, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Wednesday.

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    Soon-to-be-Phillies pitcher again Cliff Lee landed in Philadelphia Tuesday night and told NBC Philadelphia why he picked the City of Brotherly Love and the Phightins. (Published Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010)

    Turning down the Yankees and the Texas Rangers, who both offered more money, makes the return of the unbe-lee-vable pitcher even sweeter for Phillies fans. Although as much as we may want to believe it, Lee said the way his wife was treated by Yankees fans during the playoffs had nothing to do with his decision.

    "Let me clarify that thing real quick. That was way overblown. No one came up to my wife and spit on her nobody poured anything on her…it was false."

    "No One Spit on My Wife"

    [PHI] "No One Spit on My Wife"
    Cliff Lee says the story that Yankees fans spit on his wife and threw beer at her were blown way out of proportion. He says it never happened. (Published Monday, Dec 20, 2010)

    In the end the people factor meant a lot more than the money.

    "It's plenty of money," Lee said about his deal with the Phillies. "At some point, enough is enough."

    And the idea of what's possible here, for Lee, was too great to let go of.

    "It's gonna be a special team. And none of that's gonna be hand given to us, we still have to go out there and earn it, but I think with what we've got on paper and with the personalities that are around and the guys on this team, good things are gonna happen."

    Merry "Cliff"-mas Phillies Fans

    [PHI] Merry "Cliff"-mas Phillies Fans
    Cliff Lee's Philadelphia return catches fans -- and sports writers -- off guard. (Published Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010)

    We think so too, Cliffy.