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Cliff Lee's 2009 catch in the World Series had a purpose

Cliff Lee's 2009 catch in the World Series had a purpose

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PHILADELPHIA - In the 2009 World Series - Cliff Lee's first stint with the Philadelphia Phillies - Lee caught a pop up on the pitcher's mound. He didn't move, barely positioned his glove and made what looked to be a lazy catch to the side of his body.

For those that already weren't - Philadelphia Phillies fans fell in love.

But Lee wasn't trying to show up the New York Yankees even though it could have looked that way on television.

"Yeah, it looked like no big deal, this is easy. I've got this," Lee said. "But in reality I was thinking of dropping it and letting it hit and throwing to first base to get the guy in a rundown that was on first, but at the last second I realized (Johnny) Damon was running hard to first base and I couldn't do the play I was thinking about doing."

That catch emblazoned Lee with a laid-back attitude. And pretty much everything he has done this year and garnered cheers from fans - even a lazy fly ball.

Lee has explained the reasoning behind his catch to fans who have asked, but that doesn't stop the love they show for him.

"I wouldn't make a catch like that just totally nonchalant without somewhat of a reason," Lee said. "That's definitely why I did that, and it didn't come across looking good for me. I don't think so. But there was definitely a reason for that."

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