Right now, Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers has a World Series game to worry about. Pretty soon, though, Lee will be a free agent and will have to worry about which team he will pitch for next season.â†µ
Lee, of course, has been connected to the New York Yankees for a while now. He said Tuesday that Yankee fans' not-so-nice treatment of his wife during the ALCS won't impact his decision.â†µ
"I brush that off as fans being fans," Lee said. "You can't control 50,000 people and what they're going to do. There were some people that were spitting off the balcony on the family section and things like that, and that's kind of weak, but what can you do?â†µ
"Some people get a little alcohol in them and act inappropriate. There's so many people there you can't control them all. I know it's been made into a big deal, but that's really all it is, just two or three or four people just acting like fools, and 50,000 [fans], you can't group them all together. But there's always going to be a couple goofballs in the crowd that think they have a right to do that stuff."â†µ
Maybe the poor behavior by fans will be a factor in the end, maybe it won't. Either way, Lee is not stupid enough to take Yankee dollars out of play before the MLB free-agent festival has even had a chance to begin.