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It has been pointed out to me that I never mentioned the free agent signing of pitcher Cliff Lee by the Philadelphia Phillies this week.

True. I kept wanting to, but it was hard to write the story without crying on my keyboard.

I’ve gotten control of my emotions now, and so I think I can say something about the decision, which not only took at least some of the air out of the New York Yankees expectations for the coming season, but also effectively ended the 2011 season for the New York Mets.

Okay, the latter may be a bit of an overreaction ... though it is hard to imagine how the Mets, with questionable starting pitching and a lineup that seems, quite literally, hit-and-miss, are going to be able to compete with the Phillies in their division. After all, with that starting rotation, the Phillies may not even need to get more than one or two runs per game.

Even though I am a Mets fan, I have to respect the fact that Lee took less money and fewer years to go with the team that he really wanted. It’s not like anyone is going to have to hold a benefit for Lee - he’s making more money for throwing a baseball than some small countries probably generate in total national revenue - but it is nice to see someone who doesn’t go into negotiations with the goal of not leaving any money on the table.

I know Oprah’s visit to Australia is making all sorts of news Down Under, but I’m much more excited to see that Jimmy Buffett plans to play two shows at the Sydney Opera House on January 23 and 24.

If I weren’t already booked on my own gig those days, I’d be tempted to look into how many miles I’d have to cash in to head down there for the concerts ... a possibility that I suspect Mrs. Content Guy would view with a certain amount of skepticism and negativity.

But hey...that’s be the ultimate change in latitude, right?

I don’t think I’ve watched more than a few hours of “Larry King Live” over the past 25 years. But I did turn on CNN to take a look at the final show last night ... and found it utterly cringe-inducing. I watched about five minutes, and then turned it off. Just awful.

A bottle of red, a bottle of white...

Two wines to recommend to you this week.

The 2009 Ditto Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich red wine that goes perfectly with steak, stew or something equally robust.

The 2009 Orbit Chardonnay, a bold wine that Mrs. Content Guy really loved.

BTW...”The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies,” is now available in iBooks for iPad. Very cool.

If you plan to attend the National Retail Federation (NRF) Show in New York in early January, I hope you’ll let me know. I’m thinking that it might be a good occasion for one of those casual MNB get-togethers...I find a bar, tell you when I’m going to be there, order a beer or a glass of wine, and just hang out and chat with whoever shows up. If you;re going to be at NRF, let me know...I’d love to find a way to connect.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend...and I’ll see you Monday.

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