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Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 3:24 pm
Cliff Lee On Monday, ESPN personality Colin Cowherd said Cliff Lee hated Texas and would prefer to be a Yankee. He also said Lee purposely mailed in a start against the Orioles, causing the Rangers to lose.

"That is a dude that gets out of town the second the season ends. He'll get out of town, go to the Yankees and jettison the Rangers," Cowherd said, citing an anonymous source.

"He wanted to be a Yankee. He doesn't like Texas. He doesn't pitch well in the heat. "

So if Lee wants to be a Yankee, why would he prove to be so fallible against a division rival -- the worst one in the division, no less? Lee is an impending free agent and the more he pitches well, the more money he commands. Not according to Cowherd.

"He doesn't care about Baltimore. He doesn't care about Texas," Cowherd says. "When he pitches against elite teams, he is showcasing his talent. 'Here I am. I still got it.'"

So, is it true?

"It's a lie," Lee told reporters after Monday's game according to the Dallas Morning News . "Write that. Are you writing? Write that it's a lie. I did not say that and nobody close to me would say that. Either say who the source is or shut up because I am saying it is not true."

Lee suffered through one of his worst starts of the season Saturday to Baltimore, lasting just 5 2/3 innings and choking up eight runs on four home runs in a game the Rangers would go on to lose 19-7. This isn't the only blip in a Cy Young-caliber season for Lee, however. Also against the Orioles on July 10, pitching for the Rangers, he gave up three home runs and six runs, but went the distance in an 8-4 loss.

Is it too much to believe that Lee simply had an off-day? Jon Lester of the Red Sox is one of the best young left-handers in the game and prior to his Friday start against the Blue Jays had a 2.80 ERA. And yet he completely blew up, coughing up nine earned runs and two homers in just two innings. Is Lester not interested in making the playoffs, making a run at the Cy Young or just simply disinterested, like Cowherd claims Lee to be?

Going to go with a no on that.

Evan Grant, also of the Dallas Morning News, doesn't buy Cowherd's assertion , pointing out Lee has a 2.65 ERA against teams with losing records and a 2.85 mark against teams with winning records. Not a surprise.

"ESPN turned a 'non-story' into two stories by completely inverting the news gathering process [make accusations first; ask questions later], " Grant scathingly writes.

That's exactly what this is: a non-story. The fact is, whether Lee intends to stay in Texas or not is a moot point. He is a Ranger through October, and he's going to do everything he can to not only get his team into the playoffs, but position himself for a massive payday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:53 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:07 pm

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

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Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 11:30 am

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

Usually Colin has good thought provoking reporting. Usually, (surprise) he is right on top of the story and the truth.
Not sure about this one.  Don't you see how he fawns all over Pete Carroll, anything USC, Lakers, yankees, or big markets?  He slams the small markets and makes it sound like they shouldn't even show up to play.  How is that thought provoking?  Or was that when he said "The Yankees are like a hot chick - and the Browns are like Fat Monica" .... come on, that's a top level mother-ship newshead who is supposed to be thought provoking and giving us newsworthy sports stories and happenings?? 

That's his frat boy schtick that we're all supposed to eat up and say "Mmmmm delicious, what a cook" .....
I don't think so!   I'm 33 and even in my mid 20s I wouldn't be cheering at the radio going "GO COLIN!  YOU ROCK!" like he thinks young men are doing.  He's become a joke and is getting verrrry unlistenable. 

Plus, what the h e l l is up with that stupid "Shaggy" voice he does, even while reacting normally?  Zoinks! 

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:08 am

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

It's a bit off the subject of Colin Cowherd but it does have the same common denominator- ESPN

This story takes me back to when Ed Werder ran out of the candy store with a handful of candy when he could have filled his pockets full of candy before running out.

Ed Werder, when reporting about Terrell Owens being a disruption in the Cowboy locker room, told untruths about T.O. to get viewers to believe what he had to say about T.O. would cause hardships for the HOF receiver. It was laughable reporting at it's best. T.O.'s Cowboy teammates even said T.O. was a fine teammate and they liked being a teammate of his. Jerry Jones admitted publicly that he liked T.O. and did not want to get rid of him. Ed Werder is a joke of a reporter and goes after stories like these to get a rise out of viewers. He tags along after Brett Favre doing the same thing, hence, the story about how Favre and coach Childress were incompatible, (not sure who on ESPN broke this story), but Favre has publicly disputed that story.

Mark Schlereth gets pissed off at Ed Werder when he Ed gets in his way on the T.O. hit because Mark has promised his boss ESPN he would take care of the T.O. hit all by himself.

A main thread on ESPN is "How to take T.O. down by ruining his reputation".

Please, ESPN, just report the facts and the stats and we can make our own judgements, we don't need you to tell us how or what to think.

Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:45 pm

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

I dislike TV (espn) personalities that seem to think the story is about them and their stand up comedy routine. Too many jokes are not good.
   Usually Colin has good thought provoking reporting. Usually, (surprise) he is right on top of the story and the truth.
I have to side with Cowherd on this one - he just isn't the type to make things up.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:18 pm

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

Fox has always been a new making network, not a news gathering news network.  This isn't new observation.

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:08 pm

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

I watch "Sports Nation" at least 3 times per week, because I don't want to miss it when Beadle finally kicks him in the junk!

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:13 pm

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

Cowterd is a blowhard and is enamoured with the big markets with no knowledge of what goes on in the rest of the country;  i.e. the Reds are 'frauds.'  Sure, they're leading the NL Central.  A real no nothing on ESPN.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 8:38 pm

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

then cowlinherd should hit his GF if he wants out of ESPNCool

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2010 7:59 pm

Cliff Lee calls radio personality a 'liar'

Save the political crap for a political board.

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