Cliff Lee Aint Worried About A D*mn Thang

While some of you sat on the edge of your seats last night, nervously hoping that the team you put the rent money on in the World Series wins game 1, Cliff Lee was chillin’. On the mound. In his first ever World Series game. In the rain.

“To be honest I really never have been nervous in the big leagues. This is what I wanted to do my whole life,” Lee said.

“Game time is the time go out there and have fun and let your skills take over. It’s kind of weird. Boils down to confidence and trusting your teammates,” he said.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Phil Hughes. Hughes came in for relief of CC Sabathia and promptly walked the only two batters he faced.  He then left the diamond and wished the home plate umpire “a good night”.

 The Yankees are hoping that his performance, or lack thereof was just jitters because they don’t have many other options in the pen.

“It looked like [Hughes] was trying to be too fine,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “I don’t want to say he was timid, but instead of being in attack mode he was trying to be too fine.”

“It was his first World Series game, hopefully he got the jitters out,” Eiland said. “We’re certainly not going to throw in the towel on him.”

So with the 6-1 victory in the books, the Phillies are three wins away from Phils fans setting Philadelphia on fire. Literally. That’s something I’ll gladly watch.

* Image via The 700 Level

Lee, Utley, Phils top Yanks in World Series opener (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Hughes no help (New York Post)

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