Were You More Upset At The Loss Of Cliff Lee Or Brian Dawkins?Eagles, General News, News, Phillies Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Last year during the off season the Eagles allowed long-time All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins to leave by signing with the Denver Broncos.¬† Dawkins had a disappointing season in 2008, so the Eagles as well as player personnel people around the league didn’t think he was worth a top dollar contract going forward.
You know the story, Denver saw the value in Dawkins as both a player but maybe even more importantly as a leader, so they came out of no where and threw millions of dollars on the table. ¬† Dawkins signed with the Broncos then went out and showed everybody that he’s not through by having an All-Pro year.
The Eagles heard an unprecedented level of anger from their fans about the loss of one of the most-beloved players in the franchise’s history.¬† It’s more than a year later and the anger is still hasn’t subsided.¬† You see and hear the same anger when loss of Dawkins is brought up before Birds fans.
About six months or so after the Eagles loss Dawkins, the Phillies traded away lefthander Cliff Lee after he had almost single-handedly carried them to a World Series title.¬† Lee was traded to Seattle in exchange for a few minor league prospects who have each been disappointing.
Lee had pitched about as well as a pitcher could during the National League playoffs and the World Series.¬† The Phils won two games in their series against the Yankees and both of those games were pitched by Lee.
After the season ended, Lee let the Phils know that he was still eager to test free agency and wasn’t interested in signing a long-term deal with them.¬†¬†¬† GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phils front office weren’t going to sit still and be caught without a number one starter, so they worked out a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays to acquire Roy Halladay, who like Lee, happens to be one of the best pitchers in baseball, but he was willing to sign a multi-year deal.
At the same time they were acquiring Halladay, they traded Lee.¬†¬† The Phils told us that the $9 million dollars it would take to pay Lee put them over the top of their salary budget.¬† In addition, they said they didn’t want to totally empty their minor league rosters of quality talent, so they picked up some prospects for Lee.
Lee has had a great year with the Mariners and is currently on the market.¬† He will be the big catch of this year’s shopping by MLB contenders and the Phils continue to hear anger from their fans about trading him.
Clearly Eagles fans and Phillies fans remain upset by the loss of these two players.¬† On one hand you have Dawkins who played all of his possible Hall of Fame career here in Philadelphia before the trade, whereas Lee pitched only half a season for the Phils but was nothing short of magnificent during that period.
I said all of that to ask you one tough question.¬† Are you more upset by the loss of Dawkins or Lee?
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