It has been a thrilling few days in Philadelphia!!! Lots of wins, holiday cheer and of course, the acquisition of Cliff Lee.  This is an incredibly exciting time for the Phils during the offseason.  I was one of the many fans who was sad [to say the least] over the loss of Lee after the 2009 season.  He was a great force behind our team in the playoffs that year.  To have him back now to add to our already stacked rotation is incredible!  I cannot wait to see number 33 in action for the Phillies this year and many to come.  If Halladay says he is excited about the season – multiply that times 46,000 fans per game, 17 ballgirls and thousands more in the city of brotherly love and then Cliff could know how much we appreciate him picking us.   I’m not usually a nickname fan, but this is really an unbeLEEvable time for the Phillies.    Time to buy more tickets!!!  [Even though Todd Zolecki reports the Phils sold 35,000 after Lee was acquired]

Here are some of the reactions from the other ballgirls to the newest teammate for 2011.

Katelyn: I stayed up very late last night (early this morning!) to hear what the final decision was.  Once I heard, I couldn’t believe our luck!  I thought to myself I couldn’t wait for my chance to be on the field while Lee pitches!  Then I started laughing to myself thinking of how nervous and afraid every other team must be feeling right now… haha!

Tori: I was at work and my phone started vibrating non-stop, calls, texts you name it. I ran into the cafeteria and turn on espn to watch. I started jumping up and down, I absolutely could not believe it. Welcome back Cliff Lee🙂

McKenzie: I heard the rumors swirling last night, and woke up to three text messages I received during the middle of the night saying Cliff was back with the Phillies!! It’s amazing how it is December and all anybody is talking about is the Phillies, it is going to be an amazing season! It seemed like almost everyone was sad to see him go last year not only because of the talent he brings to the team, but also because he seemed like a very classy guy who added a great aspect to the team. Welcome back!!!!!

Jess: Dear Santa, THANK YOU!!! When I heard this amazing news, I was excited beyond belief. We have Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, and LEE…OMG! I am even more pumped for next season now! Baseball season better come fast. Merry Christmas, Philly! We got our gift early!

Becca: Beyond being incredibly exited to have such a talented rotation going into the 2011 season, I am most excited that Cliff Lee picked Philadelphia because he truly wants to be here. I think it says a lot about our club and organization as a whole that a player would turn down the offers he did to be a part of it. Now, since I spent all last night watching/reading up on all the Cliff Lee news, I really need to get back to studying for finals! 106 days till Opening Day baseball fans…Merry Cliffmas!

Kristina: What a way to begin my day!  I woke up this morning to the news of Cliff Lee coming back to Philadelphia.  This makes me even more excited for the 2011 season to start.  Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels now Lee, this year is going to be a memorable one.  Go Phillies!

Perrin: When I first heard we signed Cliff Lee (again) my reaction was immediate shock, then excitement! I can’t believe we landed the biggest ace in the free market to join an already remarkable rotation. It really says something about our management and the Phillies organization, but most of all about Lee. He left a lot on the table to move to the city of brotherly love which says a lot about his character. 2011 here we come!

Bridgette: Shocked, excited, overjoyed, proud…all of the above!

Bonnie: What a big day for Phillies baseball! I woke up this morning to text messages and a flood of Facebook statuses with the announcement. I was joking this morning that there’s no need to check the news anymore. Anything that’s really important will be posted all over Facebook and Twitter in a matter of seconds. So I was already well aware of Cliff Lee’s decision as I walked into work this morning. One article on the news was titled “Cliff Lee Chooses (Brotherly) Love over Money,” and I know many Phillies fans think he’s that much cooler because of it. Welcome back, Lee. You’ll be seeing a lot of brotherly love from this city come spring!

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