When Cliff Lee spurned the Yankees and signed with the Phillies last offseason one of the reasons he supposedly didn’t want to come here was because Yankees fans treated his wife poorly when she was a visitor during the playoffs.
Now whether or not that is true is debateable, Lee denied it during the press conference to announce he had signed with the Phillies after all. However, the Yankees and their fans really wanted Lee and if that even played a small part in him not coming here it was a big mistake.
The next upcoming free agent lefty coming up on the market is Cole Hamels and it is too early to tell how serious the Yankees will be in going after him next winter, if he hasn’t already signed an extension by then. But this time around Yankees fans aren’t taking any chances, at least they weren’t over this past weekend when Hamels was taking on the Yankees during spring training.
“The Yankees fans were real nice for some odd reason,” Hamels told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, with a laugh. “I don’t know why.”
The Yankees are attempting to get payroll under $189 million by 2014 so they realistically might not be able to afford Hamels, but Yankees fans are doing their part by being polite for him. Hopefully it will have the opposite effect it had on Lee.