Rangers Owner Apologizes to Yankees and Fans

If you missed it yesterday, the Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg blasted Yankees fans for being “violent” “apathetic” and for being “an embarrassment” but it didn’t take him long to retract that statement and offer and apology.

“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. I have spoken directly to Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine to apologize for my intemperate comments. I would like to express again how proud we are of our fans and how remarkably they have supported the Rangers throughout lean times and now during this magical season.

It shows a lot of guts to make this apology and especially to call the Yankees and personally apologize, but to me it doesn’t make up for what he did. He was extremely out of line and made himself and his organization look bad.

Further, he should probably have been focused on trying to find a way to beat the Giants instead of worrying about the Yankees and their fans. In the end this looks like a pathetic attempt to persuade Cliff Lee to avoid the Bronx.

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4 Responses to Rangers Owner Apologizes to Yankees and Fans

  1. Bronx Knight says:

    While Greenberg was out of line (and I dislike the Texas Rangers, for reasons I've expressed elsewhere), there was some truth to what he said. I do not agree that Yankees fans are "violent," but Rob I think you yourself pointed out your embarassment at seeing Yankees fans leaving the ballpark in the sixth inning when they were getting shelled by the Rangers. We are Yankees fans, and we are supposed to be the diehards. To leave early during the American League Championship Series, because your team is losing — I personally was a little bit ashamed.

    Part of the problem is the Yankees' success — I remember the 1990's, before the string of victories, the Stadium was (half-)full of knowledgeable fans. By 2000, the Stadium had been taken over by corporate types and newbies. I remember a game from the 2000 World Series, I think Boomer was pitching, there were two strikes, and I stood up to cheer for the strikeout. The corporate honcho behind me told me to sit down, I was blocking his view.

    So maybe the problem is not that Yankees' fans are apathetic — maybe the problem is that the true Yankees fans are shut out of the stadium by corporate types and tourists, especially during the postseason.

    • Even if he was 100 percent right, as the owner and especially one receiving revenue sharing money (mostly from the Yankees) he should keep his mouth shut. He's way out of line. Or give back the revenue sharing money.

  2. af says:

    You're out of your mind if you think this apology took "guts". He was TOLD to apologize by MLB, according to SI.