Lee back on SI cover, this time with Madson

Lee back on SI cover, this time with Madson

ATLANTA -- Cliff Lee finds himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week for the second time this year.

Eh, no big deal.

"It comes with the success of the team," he said. "It's part of it."

Lee appeared on the cover of SI in April with fellow starters Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton. This week, he joins closer Ryan Madson, who posed with Lee on the mound at Citizens Bank Park during the last homestand. Sports Illustrated has a story highlighting aces and closers.

"I was shocked when they asked me," Madson said. "When Chooch [Carlos Ruiz] got the cover by himself this season, I was like, 'Whoa.' I told a lot of my friends about it. I'm just the right guy in the right spot. I can't wait to see it.'"

Lee has been through several of these photo shoots before, so he was a little antsy as soon the shoot began.

Madson? It was his first.

"I could have stood there forever," he joked.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.