Thursday, October 29, 2009

When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Cliff Lee

Substitute Cliff Lee for any of the jocular Chuck Norris facts and you have the ingredients for the top twitter trend during game one of the World Series. While the star of the night was undoubtedly Lee, Chase Utley had quite a night for himself as well. Utley, who is usually nonchalant when discussing his accomplishments, responded with a surprised smile when told his two homers put him in the ranks of baseball legend Babe Ruth:
Both homers marked the first time a left-handed hitter had gone deep off Sabathia in new Yankee Stadium. Even more remarkably, Utley's two home runs marked the first time a lefty has hit two homers off a lefty since Babe Ruth homered off Bill Sherdel of the Cardinals in Game 4 of the 1928 World Series. Ruth hit three in that game -- the last one off legendary right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander.
Utley's reply when informed by a reporter of this remarkable statistic, "Well, I guess that's pretty good company."  Indeed it is Chase.  Lee's pitching was stellar yet he barely looked as though he broke a sweat.  When asked in a post game interview whether he had been nervous playing on the largest stage in baseball, Lee answered,  "to be honest I really never have been nervous in the big leagues. This is what I wanted to do my whole life."  Here are two highlights from Lee's game that show the truth of his answer:

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