Another person takes credit for Cliff Lee's return

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Apparently this is the vogue thing to do. So now the Phillies not only have the magic loogie spat by Yankees fans to thank for Cliff Lee's triumphant return to Philadelphia, but Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg wants some credit, too.

Speaking at the Rangers' fan fest event last weekend, Greenberg said his team kept the door open for the Phillies.

"We had three different meetings with Cliff and his wife and his agent in Little Rock," Greenberg said. "Even though Philadelphia was probably not in, they were always in the back of our mind.

"I think if we wouldn't have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees. We pried the door open a little bit to give ourselves another opportunity. And ultimately the Phillies were able to take advantage of that opportunity that we created."

Well, Phillies fans, you'll have the chance in person to thank Mr. Greenberg and the Rangers. They come to Citizens Bank Park on May 20-22 for the first interleague series of the season.

At this rate, we figure by opening day that Time's 2006 Person of the Year will also be boasting about its role in reuniting Lee with the Phillies.

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Are we there yet? Still 17 days until pitchers and catchers report.

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