Perhaps the Rangers’ greatest sales pitch simply was having [Kristen Lee, the wife of Cliff Lee] 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.”
I don’t want to read too much into this, but a player’s wife certainly does have a lot to say about where that player ends up. Just look at Mark Teixeira, his wife wanted him to sign with the Yankees and here he is.
However, $25 million or so per year over a few years goes a long way. It’s possible that she’s not happy now, but things change and money is the best way to change them.