"We had three different meetings with Cliff and his wife and his agent in Little Rock," the owner said. "Even though Philadelphia was probably not in, they were always in the back of our mind...I think if we wouldn't have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees. We pried the door open a little bit to give ourselves another opportunity. And ultimately the Phillies were able to take advantage of that opportunity that we created."Now here's more from Jon Heyman and Nathaniel Vinton:
The Yankees are again upset about comments made by Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg. This time, the Yankees believe Greenberg implied in remarks made to fans in Texas Thursday that he got one over on the storied franchise when he made his second trip to visit superstar pitcher Cliff Lee in Arkansas.
"Chuck's delusional. He's been in the game for a few minutes and yet he thinks he knows what everyone's thinking,'' Yankees president Randy Levine said. "I think he should let Cliff Lee speak for himself. "
"If he really wants to impress us then he can get the Rangers off of welfare and show how they can be revenue-sharing payors, rather than recipients for three years in row, without financing from Major League Baseball," Levine said Friday. "That would really be something."
I've never been a fan of Levine's, but I'll give him credit for speaking his mind, regardless of whether Greenberg's comment are accurate or not. Remember, Greenberg is the same yutz who had this to say about us Yankees fans after last year's ALCS:
"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."
Obviously this tool is trying to make a name for himself and get attention, and I guess he's accomplished that. He's also accomplished becoming the enemy of Yankees fans everywhere, which isn't necessarily the wisest of moves.