Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How Can Yankees Fans Live With Themselves?

Well, I'm still here basking in the glory that is Cliff Lee returning to the Phillies, now more than 24 hours after the news shocked the baseball world and sent Phillies Phans around the globe into an absolute tizzy. I've read just about every story on every major media outlet, every blog post from a Philly blogger, everything I could devour since Tuesday's big announcement, and it looks like I'll be taking at least one more day before focusing on what is still missing from this Phillies team before we can pencil in another World Series championship for the Fightin Phils.

Today, my focus is on exactly how all this happened. I mean, ultimately, Cliff Lee had an awesome time in Philadelphia in 2009, he loved the team, the players, the coaches, the stadium, and he loved the area in general, including the home he bought in New Jersey when he was traded to the Phils a couple of years ago, which he never sold even after leaving the team for Seattle, Washington, and then Arlington Texas in the middle of the 2010 season.

But, having lived in New York City all through the past baseball season, I can't help but think that the Yankees fans themselves literally played a big part in why Cliff Lee walked away from 34 million more guaranteed dollars offered by the Yanks to sign a shorter-term deal to return to the city of brotherly shove. For those of you who don't live in the area and/or don't follow post-season baseball like I do:

According to a report in the USA Today on October 26, 2010, while the American League Championship Series was being played in Yankee Stadium, the wife of Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee was reportedly not happy with how the Yankees fans treated her while she was sitting in the visiting family section at the Yankees' new stadium in the Bronx.

Kristen Lee said there were ugly taunts. Obscenities. Cups of beer thrown. Even fans spitting from the section above.

“The fans did not do good things in my heart,” Kristen says.

“When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal.”

Well there you have it. The comment about the fans "not doing good things in my heart" really sticks out to me for some reason. Does that sound like a woman who would want her husband to turn down $24 million a year to play in the city they both loved, in favor of committing to two more years at around $23 million a year in the city whose fans "did bad things in her heart"?

Is it truly possible that Yankees fans are such fucking pigs that they literally chased away the only chance they had of Cliff Lee coming to play for them?

What must Yankees fans be thinking about themselves right about now?

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Blogger Easycure said...

The obvious irony here is that he chose Philadelphia; a place where fans throttle Santa with snowballs. A Philly fan calling Yankee fans pigs is rich.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

You forgot to mention the batteries inside the snowballs.

And yet, last time I checked, Philadelphia fans never spit on the wife of a player that they were pinning their entire hopes and dreams on choosing to sign with us as a free agent two months later. That's why I keep asking myself how these piggyclowns can live with themselves.

12:23 AM  
Blogger PokahDave said...

They do however puke on kids on purpose as was the case last year....among 9 million other things....give me an effin' break. I am no Yankees fan of course but this is ridiculous.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

While I will admit to enjoying having both of you prove my point all the more with each additional comment, I will point out one last time that, even given the truth of what both of you said in your comments, no Philadelphia fan would ever be so thoughtless as to spit at, intentionally puke on, or throw snowball-covered batteries at the wife of a player that they were pinning their entire hopes and dreams on choosing to sign with us as a free agent two months later.

Neither one of you can believe the Yankee fans did that to Cliff Lee's wife any more than I can, knowing how desperate they were to sign him in this offseason. It's perhaps the most unbelievable aspect of this entire Cliff Lee saga.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Schaubs said...

Go Yankees!

4:20 AM  
Blogger Schaubs said...

I heard on the radio that Cliff Lee said that the story about the NY fans is false.


1:01 AM  

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