December 26, 2010

Cliff Lee, Jewish Hero

Bit of a nonsensical piece in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent this week:

Cliff Lee is more than just the modern-day Sandy Koufax. At least to Philadelphia Jews, he is.
Let me explain. Sure, Mr. Lee may be a good 'ole Arkansas boy who enjoys a hunting expedition and has the (non-Jewish) good looks of a young John Wayne. No matter. The man was -- and, by declining to don Yankees pinstripes, still is -- the sheriff that Philadelphia Jews have longed for in our longtime battle with the city of New York -- and our insufferable relatives who call it home.
Maybe Judaism has nothing to do with this.
That last line is an understatement. The argument doesn't apply to Philadelphia Jews any more than it does to Philadelphia Italians, Puerto Ricans, Asians, or any other baseball-loving ethnic groups in both New York and Philly.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 26, 2010 06:24 PM
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