Lee takes over Yankee Stadium
Phillies' lefty continues historic postseason with Game 1 masterpiece
NEW YORK -- He leaped out of the dugout and sprinted to the mound in a city where October legends are born.It was the ninth inning of the first World Series start in the 31-year-old lifetime of Clifton Phifer Lee. And he gave you the impression, with every pitch he threw, and with every mad sprint back out there, that there was no place in the solar system he would rather be. What happened at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night is not supposed to happen. What Cliff Lee did to the Yankees in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series -- nine innings of six-hit, zero-earned-run shutout World Series baseball -- just isn't done. Not to these Yankees. Not in this park. "What he did -- that's not easy to do against any team, much less this team," said Phillies reliever Scott Eyre, after Lee's latest October masterpiece -- and a couple of Chase Utley Bronx rockets -- had finished carrying the Phillies to a stunning 6-1 Game 1 win over CC Sabathia and the Yankees. "But especially in this park." Right. Especially. Nobody had ever done to the Yankees in this park what Cliff Lee did to them in Game 1 of this World Series. You can spell that N-O-B-O-D-Y.
During their entire first regular season at the new Yankee Stadium, the Yankees never once allowed any opposing pitcher to march into the Bronx, go all nine innings and hold them without an earned run.