Last week I reported Kristen Lee, the wife of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee, had endured insults, beer throwing and spitting in her direction from Yankee Stadium fans during the ALCS between the Rangers and New York Yankees.
On Dallas radio station KESN-FM today, Texas Rangers Owner CEO Chuck Greenberg added to the concern and criticism over the behavior of the Yankee Stadium faithful during the playoffs.
During an interview on KESN, Greenberg was actually asked about the so-called lack of baseball savvy from Texas fans at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. But instead of criticizing Texas fans, Greenberg lauded the team’s hometown supporters and ripped into New York’s American League team backers:
“I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I’ve seen in the postseason. I thought they were an embarrassment.”
As Greenberg wasn’t specifically asked about New York fans, one wonders if he steered the conversation in that direction in an attempt to improve the Rangers’ chances of landing Lee as a soon-to-be free agent.
Regardless of where Lee lands, if the Rangers can stay playoff-competitive and we keep getting this kind of rhetoric emanating from Texas, welcome to MLB’s hottest, new rivalry.
But Greenberg wasn’t done, as during the same interview, he promised a Game 7 in the current World Series between the Rangers and San Francisco Giants.
“This series: It is going back to San Francisco. There’s gonna be a Game 6. There’s going to be a Game 7. Let’s all hang in there and keep believing.”
Hmm .. sounds familiar.
Wonder if Greenberg has Perry’s celly handy?
UPDATE (8:29p ET): Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that MLB told Greenberg to apologize for his remarks about the Yankee Stadium fans during the ALCS.
Greenberg called Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner to apologize for his comments and issued a statement, saying Yankees fans are “passionate” and his remarks on the radio were “intemperate.”
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