Cliff Lee 'not out for blood' vs. Phillies
October, 23, 2010
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It’s fine with Cliff Lee if the Rangers face the Phillies in the World Series, but he insists that it wouldn’t be any sweeter to beat Philadelphia than San Francisco.
Lee dominated during his only postseason with the Phillies, going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts last year. That didn’t prevent the Phillies from flipping him for prospects a couple of months later as part of a four-team deal that brought ace Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.
It’d certainly make for a spectacular storyline if Lee starts Game 1 against Halladay in Philly, but Lee says he’d be just as excited to head to San Francisco.
“I don’t care who we play,” said Lee, who is 3-0 with an 0.75 ERA in these playoffs. “[The Phillies are] a very capable team of winning two more games. If they do, yeah, I’d love to face them. If they don’t, I’d love to face the Giants, too.
“I’m not out for blood or out to prove something to anybody or anything like that. I just want to help this team win. What’s happened in the past is in the past. I’m not trying to rub anything in or anything along those lines.”