Cliff and Chase Are Great
Ryan Madson and I typically lace up our shoes in the sixth inning of every game.
I looked at my feet in the seventh and my cleats were still untied.
I guess I knew I wouldn’t be needed last night in Game 1. Cliff Lee was awesome, and I’m not even talking about his defense. The guy throws a complete game against the Yankees, who hit a ton of home runs at Yankee Stadium. He walks nobody. He strikes out 10. He throws a complete game. Incredible. Things were going so well for him that I told Jimmy Rollins earlier that if we didn’t have a DH he probably would have gone deep, too. It was that kind of night for him.
I remember texting Kerry Wood the day we traded for Cliff.
“What is Cliff like?” I wrote.
“Just wait,” he texted back.
After Cliff’s first game in San Francisco, where he threw a complete game, I went back into the clubhouse and checked my phone.
“Told you,” Kerry wrote.
And I heard earlier that Chase Utley is the first left-handed hitter to hit two homers off a left-handed pitcher in a World Series game since Babe Ruth. That’s ridiculous. You know the best part? Chase couldn’t care less. Honestly. Chase has been the leading vote getter for the All-Star team and you’d never know it. He’s the first guy at the field every single day. Literally. But we have a bunch of guys like that in this clubhouse. That’s why I like playing here so much.