Yes, I think that if CC had more actively and aggressively courted Lee (and CC's wife had done the same for Lee's wife) that it certainly might have turned out differently. The Phillies weren't even an option for the bulk of the bidding, it was only when it dragged out between Texas and NY that Philly swooped in. There is a possibility (not a probability, but a possibility) that a full-court press led by CC (under contract for 5-6 more years, not just 1) would have gotten it done.
Lee wanted Philly the whole time it was reported that the main reason being the Philly Children's Hospital because of the way they took care of his kid who apparently needs a decent amount of medical attention. Could he have gotten that care in NY or Texas? Absolutely, but he was comfortable with doctors there (Philly has the number 1/2 rated Children's Hospital year over year rotating the title with Boston).
The Phillies never thought they had a real shot until the money started to stabilize between NY and Texas and Cliff told them he would take less (not that much less with the option years) to come back. That's when they signed him. Losing Lee was not Cashman's fault or CC's fault he wanted Philly, and they got him.
His son is in remission for leukemiahttp://bleacherrepor...elphia-phillies
Jaxon was diagnosed with leukemia at four months old while Cliff was still in the minor leagues. He had a 30 percent chance of living. Lee could not believe the news and was in complete shock.
Jaxon suffered various setbacks during the process, but he fought through the cancer the whole time. Lee never liked to talk about the illness, even though he spent much of his time in the hospital.
Lee’s son received a bone marrow transplant that saved his life, and Lee’s performance on the field paralleled his son’s improvement in the hospital.
Lee’s son was diagnosed as cancer free in 2006 when he was five years old. But during the Lee family’s quick stop in Philadelphia more than a year ago, they found something that offered them insurance in case anything every happened.
The Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia is ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the August 2010 issue of U.S. News and World Report. The Lee family felt really comfortable with this hospital treating their son if anything ever came back up.
Cliff Lee is all about the family, his first priority even before baseball.
So why did Cliff Lee return to Philadelphia after all?
Maybe his return was about more than just the game: the security of his family.
Edited by th@tkid, 11 July 2011 - 09:04 PM.