Responding to a question about Rangers fans’ demeanor during the postseason, Chuck Greenberg digressed into a critique of Yankees fans which included an unflattering characterization.
“I think our fans have been great,” Greenberg said on the “Ben and Skin Show” on 103.3 KESN. “I think particularly in Game 3 of the World Series they just blew away anything I’ve seen in any venue during the postseason. 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.”
Here is the problem about these generalizations, there are a ton of Yankees fans. They don’t all fit into any single categorization. The fans in the cheaper seats upstairs are very different from the people who can afford seats right on top of the field, and the fans in the middle are just as different from the other two. Because of the extreme differences in prices they have effectively created a caste system in their stadium.
Beyond that statements like these are unfair because like I said, there are a lot of Yankees fans and due to that there will always be a few bad apples that stand out. Occasionally I would agree that some people can get drunk and carried away. There are also a lot of people that are on their cell phones or looking away from the field the majority of the time they are in the stadium.
I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that the Yankees have become so famous that going to Yankee Stadium has become a cool thing to do. There are regularly tourists visiting and casual fans just stopping in.
With all of that said, there are still plenty of die-hard, but level-headed Yankees fans attending each and every Yankees game. To pigeonhole all fans and putting derogatory labels on them is just wrong and somebody like an owner of a MLB team should know that and really should avoid that type of behavior himself.