Philadelphia fans get a reprieve from watching the Phillies flounder this week as Major League Baseball takes a breather and the game's best play a friendly out in Minnesota. But that doesn't mean our hyper-critical minds stop churning in regards to what this team should do to change the direction of the franchise moving forward. This team needs change. Fans know it, Ruben Amaro knows it, Ryne Sandberg knows it, and the players on the field know it.
The latest star to share his thoughts on The Amaro Mess was Cliff Lee after his final rehab start down in Clearwater in which he was not particularly sharp (8 hits, 8 runs over 4.2 IP).
Lee admits what we all already knew: something needs to change.
Like the rest of us, he's not sure exactly what has to change, but he does offer some ideas.
"Whether it's guys changing their approach or expectations or changing their scenery altogether, something has to change," he said. "It's up to us individually if we're going to change our approach, our work ethic or if you're willing to accept being traded. A lot of us don't have a 100 percent say on that, but there are a few guys who have full no-trade rights who have to make that decision. Each individual has a right to view it however they want."
Lee recognizes Jonathan Papelbon's comments about wanting to go to a winner as honest. He seems to respect a guy telling the truth but doesn't neccesarily share the closer's sentiment on being dealt.
"I feel I signed with Philadelphia to come here and win a championship and that's what I want to do," he said. "That's where my focus is and that's what every guy's focus on the team should be. You should focus on winning every game to get to the postseason and win the World Series. That's where my focus is going to stay."
Lee is scheduled to join the club this weekend in Atlanta and pitch a couple of starts before the Jul 31st trade deadline.