Well, after a poor showing in the ALCS, bringing a swift end to the defending champion’s postseason, the Yankees second season began earlier this week with the dismissal of pitching coach Dave Eiland.
And even though there are certainly more off-season moves to come, the real “story” that has received some play in the media, because things are slow in between the LCS and the start of the World Series tomorrow, is the poor treatment that Cliff Lee’s wife, Kristen Lee, received from opposing fans in New York. Her statement to USA today is as follows:
“The fans did not do good things in my heart. When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal.”
Cliff Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, made this statement in response:
“The story is not an issue to us. Her experience in New York is certainly a non-issue. She enjoys New York as much as anyone enjoys New York.”
While this may sound like an innocuous, unexciting statement from a sports agent, let me edit it and insert the parts that were left out:
“[Shove it, Kristen.] The story is not an issue to [me and Cliff]. [Your] experience in New York is certainly a non-issue [in our negotiations during free agency. We're going to take the most money we can get, and if that comes from the Yankees, you'll take it and you'll] enjoy New York as much as anyone enjoys New York [when they are stinking rich. Don't try to hurt my commission].”
I don’t know if my editing restores the actual quote verbatim, but I’m sure it’s pretty close.