“If you want to be good at baseball, play baseball ... Get rid of the Nintendo.” 

“I want to win this Cy Young again. I want to make a habit of it.”

“You've got to be able to pitch with your fastball. If you can't do that, if you can't locate your fastball and put it where you want to, the other pitches, what good are they?.” 

"People used to ask me what I was going to do and I'd say, 'I'm going to play professional baseball.' I didn't know if that was actually going to come true, but that's always what I wanted to do.” 

“There’s a lot of similarities between Peyton and me. Our motion is similar. We both have quick releases and keep the ball up high. Neither of us is extremely fast. We try to have the mental part of the game down to get an advantage.” 

“If I throw it right down the middle and it gets hit, I get mad at myself. If they hit a good pitch, what are you going to do? These are major-league hitters.” 

“I honestly feel like I'm going to come back and pick up right where I left off.”

“I was pretty flamboyant when I played as a kid ... I decided to be calmer when I went to college.” 

“I get pretty fired up on the mound. At least, I think I do. Inside, I feel amped, excited. But I don't know how that comes across.”

“Everybody wants to know, 'How do you throw a curveball, how do you throw a slider, how do you throw this and that,' when they can't even locate a fastball. Learn how to control your fastball and then once you've got that, move on to other things.” 

“I'm just trying to give myself a chance every time out.” 

“I needed to get back to being me. I needed to get back to my approach in terms of attacking hitters, get back to my game plan and get back to my strengths.” 

“I really have never been nervous in the big leagues.”

“I just try to keep it simple.”  

“Working ahead, mixing speeds and staying out of the heart of the plate—that’s what you need to do to be a successful pitcher.” 

“I got to play with some of the best players in the game, from Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore in Cleveland, to here with Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels. Obviously, to Seattle with Ichiro and Felix Hernandez, and then to Texas with Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Mike Young. It was a great experience. Without being traded I never could have gotten to do any of that.” 

“I just play to win. I play to be competitive; that's it. I think every player hopes that they do something special that everyone remembers later in life, or whatever. But that's not why we're playing. At least, that's not why I play.”

“You're not going to win every day, but once the game's behind you, put it behind you.”  

“I expect us to do something really special. We expect to win the World Series.” 



Cliff Lee, 2010 Heritage



Cliff Lee, 2003 Total

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