Texas wanted him bad. So did New York. But who wound up with baseball's best pitcher? Clearwater! OK, if you want to get all technical about it, it was the Philadelphia Phillies that signed Cliff Lee. But where will he be pitching for them first? Right here on Florida's west coast. From February 24 to March 29, the Phillies will be playing sun-soaked Spring Training games at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, and 3-packs of tickets are available right now. Click here to scoop up a few and watch Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, and the rest of the Phils gear up for the 2011 season. You can also find total travel packages on that site that feature such perks as lunch with Phillies players and broadcasters!
In some ways, Christmas has already come for Phillies fans, but boy, if there's a fanatic on your list, and you line up a trip to see them play in Clearwater, you'll accomplish a feat no other big leaguer ever has: winning the MVP before the season even starts.