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Quotable: Cliff Lee Loved His Time in Philly

Jul 13, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

Not only is Cliff Lee one of the best pitchers in the game today, he's also humble. From USA Today who caught up with him out in California for the All-Star game festivities.

Still, despite being a part-time tour guide,
visiting everything from the Liberty Bell to the Space Needle, Lee
wishes he could have remained in Philadelphia. He loved the team and the
town, but with the Phillies having a shot to acquire Halladay, he can't
blame them for trading him. If the Phillies come calling this winter,
he says he'd be open to returning.

"I loved my time in Philadelphia," Lee says. "I
don't know why I was moved, but I think it had a lot to do with Roy
Halladay. He's the best pitcher in baseball. So if you have a chance to
replace me with Roy Halladay, that's a pretty good switch."

It's fun to fantasize about, but if the Phillies could afford the type of salary Lee is going to command, he probably never would have been traded in the first place.

Still, the guy's attitude is quite impressive. I don't think you could hold it against him if he held a little grudge against the team that shipped him to Seattle.

>>All-Star Lee Maintains Good Feelings About Phillies [CSN]