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Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg: Yankees fans are violent, apathetic embarrassments

Nov 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

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Take it from me, Chuck Greenberg, you don’t want to call Yankees fans names! Here was the Rangers owner on ESPN radio this morning:

“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.”

Know what? I think the Rangers have gotten a ton of great juju out of putting Nolan Ryan out in front of all of the postseason festivities and by making him the face of the franchise.  It’s probably best that they keep things that way and slap a gag order on Greenberg.

In other news, how freaking sweet will it be if after (a) Kristen Lee criticized Yankees fans; and (b) Chuck Greenberg tore them a new one, Cliff Lee still goes to New York?

  1. lardin - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Who is this guy? I though Nolan Ryan owns the Rangers

    • hardjudge - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:09 PM

      Rangers are owned by a partnership. Greenberg and Ryan are two of the partners. Greenberg is the managing partner and Ryan is the team president.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    “Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg: Yankees are fans violent, apathetic embarrassments”

    According to the title up there, he sounds like he was channeling his inner Yoda.

    • pestiesti - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:38 PM

      It is missing a colon.

      Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg: Yankees are fans: violent, apathetic embarrassments

      He is saying that the Yankees are fans and that, like all fans, they are violent, apathetic embarrassments.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    “In other news, how freaking sweet will it be if after (a) Kristen Lee criticized Yankees fans; and (b) Chuck Greenberg tore them a new one, Cliff Lee still goes to New York?”

    Sweet? As sweet as a ripe camel turd imo. “Sweet” will be when all this bites NY in the A$$. ;P

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

      It would be sweet if Cliffy went to New York to announce that he will be staying in Arlington. Or better yet, coming back to the Bank to cash his checks.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM

        Then his wife better just stay home. Or bring one big A$$ umbrella.

      • Thomas - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:37 PM

        “I’m taking my talents to Arlington.”

  4. woodenulykteneau - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    “New York” as in the Mets? Freakin’ hilarious.

  5. lardin - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Apathy (also called impassivity or perfunctoriness) is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest or concern to emotional, social, or physical life. …

    Yankees Attendance the last three Years
    2009: 3700000
    2008: 4298000
    2007: 4271000

    Wow, every fan base should be as apathetic as Yankee fans.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I know people in Pittsburgh, Chuck,who can be summoned quickly if I hear any more of this type nonsense.

    • The Rabbit - Nov 1, 2010 at 6:25 PM

      Yeah, Len. I know similar people in NJ. The question is: Why hasn’t someone hired them to take care of Bud Selig? It would be a public service.

  7. solidzac - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    …As opposed to Texans?

  8. ta192 - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    This is one of those rare moments when you’ll find me agreeing with a baseball owner.

  9. ryanthe13th - Nov 1, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    This guys team is one game away from losing the World Series and he is babbling about Yankee fans being apathetic? Every fanbase has its share of idiots. Obviously teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies will have more than usual because they have more fans then the common team. Boggles me how logic can be ignored in some situations.

  10. cintiphil - Nov 1, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Yes, it is mostly true. The N.Y. fans have a great time booing the players whom they feel don’t measure up to the fans standards, whatever they are. (I suppose winning every game by a shut out). You can tell by the comments on these blogs, they feel they are somehow deserving of every title in the book, no matter how bad the team is. Look at the Mets, who feels that they should win every season before the season starts and then start the stern & harsh criticism as soon as the drop to 2nd or 3rd place. However, like fans everywhere, the just want to win badly, but it is not always realistic. What they really need is a dose of hard reality, that they don’t want to win more than other teams and their fans.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 1, 2010 at 4:48 PM

      It’s a mat, where you jump to conclusions

      Not every Yankee fan is the type who believes things from Bill Madden/Ian O’Connor/Mike Lupica/Wally Matthews. But keep painting with that broad brush.

  11. see3pee0 - Nov 1, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    This guy came unglued just like his team. Looks like another 50 years of apathy for the Rangers.

    • pisano - Nov 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM

      He’s probably slamming the Yankees thinking Cliff Lee will get a subliminal message to stay in Texas , but I’ve got news for him, if his bid isn’t as high as the Yankees or any other teams bid he won’t get Cliff Lee . This is a one time shot for Lee and he’ll get all he can from whom ever he can .

  12. yankees1996 - Nov 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Due to the fact that his team is at present getting busted up by the Giants, this is the subject that he wants to talk about? If he does not like it at our stadium then stay out. But I would think at this point in time he would have bigger fish to fry!

  13. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    “Sweeter than sweet”

    -NY Lottery’s “sweet millions” game ad

  14. montanared - Nov 1, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    The Yankees should get rid of their violent, apathetic fans and buy new ones.

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