Cliff Lee headlines calm all-stars
What anyone who knows Cliff Lee will tell you is that he is crazy-competitive, the sort of person who must win whether he's playing cards or basketball or ping pong, or if he's pitching.
What's strange about all that is that Lee never looks exercised, never looks as though he's overcome by anger or adrenaline or competitiveness. Jake Peavy is competitive, too, but he is constantly screaming at himself or commenting on the game situation, every emotion betrayed by his face. CC Sabathia mostly contains his feelings, but he'll pump his fist and scream in a big spot.
Lee? Nothing. You get more emotion from a statue. You see more expression from a Buckingham Palace guard.
The Phillies left-hander has a scoreless streak of 32 innings after shutting down the Red Sox on Tuesday, and other than the sprint he takes off the field at the end of every inning, Lee manages to look as though he's doing something as mundane as taking out the garbage or raking leaves.
Which got me to thinking while we're all making our choices for All-Star teams: Who would be part of the All-Calm Team? These are guys who are good at what they do but don't show a whole lot of emotion in celebration or in frustration.
This would be my version of what we'll call the All-John Olerud Team:
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