You may have heard McCarver/Buck mention the other night–Phillies ace Cliff Lee, jammed in traffic hours before his World Series start Wednesday night, jumped out of his cab in upper Manhattan and hopped a pair of subways to get to Yankee Stadium.
According to the announcers, Lee went unrecognized by his fellow riders on the 6 and then the 4 train.
Reports the Daily News:
Lee was stuck in a taxi at 5:45 p.m. en route from his team’s Manhattan hotel to Yankee Stadium before his Game 1 start, when the driver told him they were hopelessly stuck in traffic and it might take two more hours to get to the ballpark. Lee instructed the driver to find the nearest subway stop. A veteran of the underground system from his visits to New York with the Indians, Lee successfully navigated from the 6 to the 4 train and arrived about 15 minutes later – in more than enough time to toss his complete game opposite CC Sabathia.
“I still had plenty of time,” said Lee, who went unrecognized. “I’ve always taken the subway, but for whatever reason I took a taxi the other day. If I would have known it would have been that long I just would have gotten right on the subway.”
Lee called his agent, Darek Braunecker, who advised him to leave the cab, find a policeman and ask for help getting to the stadium. The Phillies’ traveling secretary, Frank Coppenbarger, told Lee to do the same thing.
Lee instead told the driver to take him to the nearest subway. He got out at W. 119th St., Coppenbarger said.
Lee got to Yankee Stadium at 6:20, had to prove to the guards he was actually a player, then shut down the fearsome Yanks in a complete game.