Via Andrew Marchand -
Fans’ treatment of Cliff Lee’s wife at Yankee Stadium might not help recruitment of one of the game’s top left-handed pitchers.
During the AL Championship Series games in New York between the Yankees and Rangers, fans were extremely rude to Kristen Lee, spitting and throwing beer in her direction and shouting obscenities, according to USA Today.
“The fans did not do good things in my heart,” Kristen Lee said, according to the newspaper. “When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal.”
Kristen Lee sat in the visiting family section, according to USA Today.
What could counter-balance Kristen Lee’s bad experience is her close relationship with CC Sabathia’s wife, Amber. They have been close since Sabathia and Cliff Lee played together in Cleveland.
Cliff Lee and Sabathia are friends as well. The Sabathias and Lees already were discussing where the Lees should live when it appeared as if the Yankees were going to make a trade for Lee in July.
Hey, for what it’s worth, $150 million buys alotta ear-plugs.
Now, that said, if Lee wins a ring with the Rangers and falls in love with the franchise, and, if the state tax advantage that Texas has comes into play, and, if the Rangers come close to being in the range of what the Yankees offer…then this could be something that comes back to hurt the Yankees in their chase for the pitcher.