Texas CEO: ‘Violent’ Yanks Fans ‘Embarrassment’

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.

Chuck Greenberg Texas Rangers

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. Read more…

Phils Fans Tried To Spike Giants Food With Ex-Lax

Yesterday I reported the news that Yankee fans had recently grossed out the wife of Cliff Lee, to which Phillies fans reacted with universal glee. But did Philly really think it’d escape the week scot-free?

Phillies fan on Pat Burrell sighting

(Suspect, perhaps?)

PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS gossip Dan Gross recently had this chestnut about similarly sick behavior from *gasp* Phillies fans:

A table of women at DelFrisco’s (15th & Chestnut) asked a server to put Ex-Lax in the food of Giants Pat Burrell, Brian Wilson and several of their teammates who sat in the main dining room Friday night, while the Toronto Maple Leafs were also in the house. Shane Victorino turned up later that night in a large party.

We get no follow from Gross about the incident, which, since we’re talking Philadelphia, didn’t even merit the lede in his daily gossip column. Read more…

Photo: Yankee Fans Spit On Ranger Wives Section

As part of a piece today attempting to detect Cliff Lee’s intentions as a 2011 free agent, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY conducted a recent interview with Kristen Lee, the wife of the Rangers pitcher.

Yankees fan spit down on Texas Rangers wives

(Photo Credit: Misty May-Treanor, wife of Texas Ranger Matt Treanor)

As part of the interview, Mrs. Lee accused New York fans of unspeakably vile behavior at Yankee Stadium during the American League Championship Series.

Perhaps the Rangers’ greatest sales pitch simply was having Kristen sit in the visiting family section at Yankee Stadium during the playoffs. She says 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.”

Adding to the veracity of Kristen Lee’s claims was a photograph taken by the wife of Texas Ranger Matt Treanor, volleyball star Misty May-Treanor. In the picture, posted to May-Treanor’s Facebook account, she wrote the following caption:

Yep 3 Yankee fans that show respect…..spit anyone nothing like a shower of it. Thanks fellas very classy!

In the context of Lee’s impending free agency, it’s hard not to think that the soft spoken Arkansas native won’t weigh his wife’s discomfort in New York as he makes his decision on what team to sign with in 2011.

Add in the ugly imagery of Yankee fan behavior broadcast nationally during the 2010 playoffs and it isn’t unreasonable to think New York fans may have cost their own American League team a chance to land MLB’s top offseason free agent.

Those who dismiss the influence of player wives when it comes to free agency decisions as it pertains to New York must have a short memory. Read more…

Weather Ruins Steinbrenner Monument Unveiling

Make that, weather system.

George Steinbrenner Monument Seen From Space

Shame.

Army: DiMaggio’s ‘Alleged’ Ulcer Led To Discharge

TheSmokingGun.Com recently pulled the U.S. Army records of Joe DiMaggio, via the Freedom of Information Act, to report on DiMaggio’s 30 months of U.S. Army service during World War II.

Joe Dimaggio faked illness to gain Army discharge

From reading evaluations written by U.S. Army Majors Emile Stoloff and William Barrett, DiMaggio was reported to have exhibited an astonishing level of narcissism, which included his “conscious attitude of hostility and resistance toward,” his Army service.

DiMaggio was hospitalized several times for, as Army reports noted repeatedly, an “alleged” ulcer that Army physicians never definitively confirmed actually existed. It was DiMaggio’s relentless claims of “alleged” physical maladies - and his resistance to any treatment whatsoever - that eventually led to his discharge in 1945. Read more…

Yankees Looking To Buy EPL’s Tottenham Club?

London’s DAILY STAR reported Sunday that the New York Yankees are entertaining the possibility of making a bid for Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.

Hal and Hank Steinbrenner

THE owners of baseball giants New York Yankees are looking into buying Spurs for a massive £450million.

Powerhouse Yankees are said to be weighing up an offer for a major stake in the White Hart Lane outfit.

Hank, a former college soccer player, expressed an interest in buying the club in the early 1990s.

Back then, the Yankees were ­approached to buy a 33 per cent ­interest in Tottenham for around £20m – but they passed up the option and it is a decision that Hank still regrets.

It’s probably not a coincidence that this news hit just days after George Steinbrenner passed away. Can’t imagine the old man would be too excited about it.

More:

Asked about buying into another sports franchise, Hank said: “The only thing would be a major soccer team in ­Europe, preferably in the Premier League. That’s always a possibility for me.”

Current owner Joe Lewis, 73, could be tempted. The Bahamas-based, East End-born businessman is worth £1.5billion but he and his partners lost £500m in the Bear Stearns bank collapse.

Yankees President Randy Levine responded to the report today. Read more…

Yankees Embarrassing Mascot Revealed (Not Hank)

As the New York Yankees are consumed with constantly reminding us of their past, today I thought I’d celebrate, via Scott Cacciola of the WALL STREET JOURNAL, a certain Yankee tradition that deserves much more recognition.

Yankee Mascot Dandy

(Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Dandy)

The Yankees employed a Phillie Phanatic knockoff mascot at Yankee Stadium in the ’70s and ’80s. The thing was called “Dandy” and made by the same woman who came up with the Phanatic and Miss Piggy.

Yankee Mascot Dandy

The best part: George Steinbrenner signed off on it.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had final approval, and he met with Mr. Harrison and Ms. Erickson at his Yankee Stadium office one afternoon during the early part of the season.

He sat at a large oval table that overlooked the field while two top-level executives—both of whom had expressed their support for the project—sat quietly along a wall behind him.

It was clear to Dandy’s creators that the onus would fall on them to convince Mr. Steinbrenner, who signed off on the mascot with one caveat. He pointed out that Dandy’s fur was royal blue. “That should be Yankee blue,” Mr. Steinbrenner said.

More from Cacciola’s report:

Marty Appel, the Yankees’ former public relations director, said he had only a vague recollection of Dandy.

“It was sort of un-Yankee-like to have a big mascot running around,” Mr. Appel said.

Wait, then why is Hank still on the payroll? Read more…

Black Sunday Coming For Boston Sports Fans?

In 2004, Boston sports fans enjoyed the greatest playoff comeback in sports history, as the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 ALCS deficit to defeat the Yankees en route to their first World Series Championship since 1918.

Black Sunday Coming For Boston Sports Fans?

It was hard not to root for the Sox back then. But since 2004, knowing Boston sports fans as I do, it’s been hard not to root against Boston and its insufferable, hipster-strewn “nation” of followers.

While I didn’t care enough earlier this month to actively root against the Boston Bruins as they somehow blew a 3-0 playoff series lead after frittering away a 3-0 Game 7 advantage against Philly, I must admit recent developments in the Orlando-Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals have me intrigued.

Consider these comparisons between the 2004 Yankees-Red Sox ALCS and the 2010 series between the Magic and Celtics.

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Deadpan Chan Shows Faulty Duodenums Are Fun

Jimmy Traina of SI.com’s Hot Clicks has restored my faith in humanity with the rarest of finds.

Chan Ho Park Talks About His Diarrhea

(Park Breaks Down His Earned Runs Average)

Last Friday, New York Yankees relief pitcher Chan Ho Park gave the finest postgame interview I’ve seen since forever.
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NYPD Searches For Free Agent To Fill Out Lineup

New York TV outlet NY1 aired a recent report that included this police sketch of a sexual assault suspect:

Sexual Assault Suspect Wearing Yankees Hat

The description of the suspect includes a “green hat.

From that we can draw one or more of the following conclusions:

1) The report was incorrect
2) Mo Rivera doesn’t mind pitching inside
3) Police sketch artist next seen at Citi Field willcall
4) This blogger runs NY1’s chiron