Via Wally Matthews –
The CEO of the Texas Rangers called New York Yankees fans “violent,” “apathetic” and “an embarrassment” for their behavior during the American League Championship Series in an interview on Monday with ESPN Radio in Dallas.
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.”
Yankees president Randy Levine declined to comment in a statement issued through a spokesperson: “At this time, we are honoring the commissioner’s policy regarding respecting and not distracting from the World Series.”
As Greenberg’s comments started to make the rounds, Rangers spokesman John Blake issued a statement: “Chuck really doesn’t have much to add. Basically all he’s saying is he’s proud of our fans and he’s focused on Game 5 of the World Series.”
Betcha Levine is rooting for a Giants win tonight, and for the Series to be over, so he can let loose on this one.
Update: Greenberg backpedals.