Writer vows to suit up for spring training after Phils sign Cliff Lee
December 16th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

Writer vows to suit up for spring training after Phils sign Cliff Lee

"He could throw that Speedo on you, make you look like a fool."

Come spring, New York Daily News baseball writer Andy Martino could inspire Bruce Springsteen to rewrite his "Glory Days" lyric that way.

Martino gave himself a public dope-slap Wednesday for writing this line in a December 6 blog post:

"Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I'll cover spring training in a Speedo."

Well, guess what? Lee, the hottest item on Major League Baseball's free-agent market, signed on the dotted line with Philadelphia this week, turning down an offer from the New York Yankees that was two years and $30 million fatter.

At a news conference Wednesday, Lee said he just likes playing in Philadelphia better.

"You can feel the volume," Lee said, according to The New York Times. "Every game has got an elevated feel compared to everywhere else. They don't need a teleprompter to tell them to get up and cheer. The feeling of playing on the field feels different than anywhere else."

And so Martino, being a man of his word, promises to cover spring training while wearing a swimsuit that doesn't cover much. But he's given himself an out:

"This holiday season, I am grateful for one thing above all else," he wrote. "I didn't say I'd cover spring training in only a Speedo, without any clothing to cover it."

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  1. JLB123

    Typical. Trying to weazel out of his word on a technicality! Strip, Martino!

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