Kristen Lee, Cliff Lee's Wife, Reportedly Unhappy With Yankee Fans
But if Lee's wife, Kristen, has any say, he may have to think twice about accepting that imminent contract offer from the Yankees.
According to USA Today, while Lee's wife sat in the visiting family section of Yankee Stadium when the Rangers faced the Yankees in the ALCS, cups of beer were thrown at her and fans from the section above spit on her. She was also the target of ugly taunts and obscenities.
"The fans did not do good things in my heart," Kristen said. "When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it's hard not to take it personal."
Though, according to a story on ESPNNewYork.com, the treatment did not change the way the Lees view New York.
"The story is not an issue to us," Braunecker said. "Her experience in New York is certainly a non-issue. She enjoys New York as much as anyone enjoys New York."
Nobody knows how much sway Kristen will or will not have in Lee's decision this offseason, but it is worth noting that when the Yankees recruited Sabathia, his wife Amber preferred that he played in San Francisco, yet $161 million later, Sabathia became a Yankee.
Lee will pitch Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday night. He has pitched in three games this postseason, allowing just two earned runs in 24 innings, while striking out 34. For his career, he is 7-0 in the playoffs with a 1.26 ERA.
Rangers managing partner Chuck Greenberg knows how much Lee has meant to this organization and is prepared to do what it takes to bring the ace lefty back to Texas this offseason.
"We think we have things to offer from a lifestyle standpoint that are enormous advantages," Greenberg said last week. "We can't control what the Yankees or any other club chooses to offer. We know we're going to have to be aggressive financially.
"We're not going into this with a pea-shooter. The old Rangers are gone."
The Rangers can only hope that Lee doesn't go away this offseason. The franchise's first-ever World Series ring would help.