'Twas the 13th of December And midnight was near Approaching the end Of a great Philly year The Flyers had battled Lord Stanley was close but the Boston series miracle Gave us reason to boast The Eagles and McNabb Had parted their ways And now Starship 7 Was guiding our sleigh The Sixers, while modest, Were starting to shine A team on the rise? We'll find out with time The Phillies, as always, Had, too, made us proud But the silence of Howard at the plate Still rang loud So it's the13th of December And all through my home Monday Night Football was ending I was checking my phone When all of a sudden My eyes and ears froze Whispers, then murmers I saw the buzz grow Could it be happening? Could this be fact? The arm of Cliff Lee In the void of Werth's bat? Then all of a sudden The Tweet said it all Mighty Lee is returning to our boys of the Fall! Rosenthal, Zolecki, Stark and Heyward chimed in WIP proclaimed it, Then ESPN I texted, I tweeted Midnight phone calls were placed The Phillies were King!! The Yanks had fallen from grace!!! And what to my wandering eyes should appear But the greatest rotation EVER; Baseball's most feared. On Halladay! On Hamels! On Oswalt and Lee! With batting from Rollins, and Shane, and Utley! Because talk of this lineup Arose quite a clatter; But lest not forget The sheer force of our batters My eyes wouldn't close Until quarter to 2 When I woke, I double checked - Lee IS back! It's true!! To the Phans of Philadelphia An era brand new; Merry Christmas to all, And to the Yankees - F YOU.