Sam and I talked about this story during today’s chat…
It seems during the ALCS, Cliff Lee’s wife, Kristen, was not happy with the way Yankee fans treated her while she was sitting in the Rangers family section at Yankee Stadium.
“The fans did not do good things in my heart,” she said. “When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal.”
These stories come and go every winter, and it’s always hard to know how much — if any — things like this play a role in a player’s decision about where to sign and where to play. I don’t think something like this can be a deal breaker, but it might be one more thing in the Pro list for Texas.
Dallas is fairly close to the Lee’s home in Arkansas, the Rangers have some money with new ownership and a massive TV deal, and there are bound to be some good feelings after this run through the playoffs.
If I had to guess right now, I’d still say Lee will be wearing pinstripes next season — they’re going to pay him well, his friend CC Sabathia is here, he knows he can win in New York — but the Rangers might be legitimate competition.