Rangers Owner Chuck Greenberg Rips Yankees Fans, Guarantees Game 7
The Rangers' managing general partner and COO appeared on the Ben and Skin Show on KESN radio in Dallas Monday, and made a couple of pronouncements that are sure to get him more attention than he's gotten since buying the team earlier this year. He started by looking forward to World Series games that aren't yet guaranteed to happen.
"This series: It is going back to San Francisco," Greenberg said. "There's gonna be a Game 6. There's going to be a Game 7. Let's all hang in there and keep believing."
It's a little funny that Greenberg chose to channel a Journey song there. One of the highlights of the games in San Francisco has been the eighth-inning singalongs of the band's classic "Lights" featuring ex-lead singer Steve Perry joining in from the stands.
Yankees fans won't find the other bomb he dropped in his big bid for attention all that humorous, however. Greenberg went on to discuss how much he's enjoyed the Arlington crowds this postseason and compared them to what he saw in the Bronx during the ALCS.
"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."
Greenberg has since apologized, releasing a statement that read: "Earlier today, in the course of praising the extraordinary support and enthusiasm of Texas Rangers fans, I unfairly and inaccurately disparaged fans of the New York Yankees. Those remarks were inappropriate. Yankees fans are among the most passionate and supportive in all of baseball."
He still might not like New York fans, but he certainly seems to enjoy the style of the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
The large swaths of empty seats at Yankee Stadium when the team fell behind in Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS caught quite a bit of attention around the country and we've already heard from Mrs. Cliff Lee on the behavioral issues, so Greenberg is hardly pointing out something new here. Still, it's a bit odd to call Yankee fans apathetic when they've led the American League in attendance every year since 2003 despite prices that have escalated by multiples in that time period.
The Yankees were reportedly quite irritated by Greenberg's words, and, per Erik Boland of Newsday, plan to fire back after the World Series. That could be done by organizational attack dog Randy Levine and would likely amp things up quite a bit, though perhaps Greenberg's subsequent apology will muzzle Levine. If nothing else, this could add a great deal of fun to the expected battle between the Rangers and the Yankees for Lee's services this winter.
No matter where the battle goes from here, Greenberg did quite a bit on Monday to assure that no one is going to mistake Ryan for the only guy who matters with the Rangers again in the future.