It was Cliff Lee's singular misfortune to return to Philadelphia and pitch historically well in the same year that four other men happened to capture the town's attention.
Claude Giroux became the ebullient face of the Flyers. LeSean McCoy channeled idol Ricky Watters and carried the Eagles. Doug Collins resurrected the Sixers in a great basketball town. And, of course, Roy Halladay secured his place as his generation's best pitcher.
Lee's wintertime decision to decline what perhaps would have been a better offer from the villainous Yankees made him an instant hero in Philadelphia, where fans swelled with pride and, for a moment, felt that ever-present chip rise a bit from their collective shoulder.