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Fans didn't help Yankees' bid for Lee

Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 8:14 pm

Kristen Lee was going to be key to the Yankees landing Cliff Lee this winter. Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, who has pretty much been openly courting his old Indians teammate, emphasizes how close his wife, Amber, is with Kristen (that's Kristen on the upper right, with Amber next to her, in a photo courtesy of the Plain Dealer ).

Sabathia said that during the Rangers' last regular-season series in New York, he made sure Amber took Kristen out to see the sights and talk up the advantages of living in the Big Apple.

But it doesn't sound like Kristen Lee is much of a Yankees fan after her experience at Yankee Stadium during the ALCS. She told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that while sitting in the visiting family section, she was taunted, cursed, had beer thrown at her and was even spit at from the section above.

"The fans did not do good things in my heart," Kristen says. "When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it's hard not to take it personal."

Kristen Lee also talked about how much she has enjoyed having her husband just a 40-minute flight from the family's Little Rock, Arkansas, home.

"Cliff can fit in anywhere, but it makes my life a lot easier," she said. "We've never had a short commute before. Having a direct flight from Little Rock is great."

Sure, it's easy to say Lee will simply go to the highest bidder. But if you don't think his wife will have some input on the matter, well, I'm going to guess you're probably not married.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Lee addressed the report today during his media availability. He was asked if it would affect his free agency decision.

""=No. I don't know the guy that did it. It could be anyone," Lee told reporters . "Who knows? Who cares? They're at home right now."

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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:02 pm

Fans didn't help Yankees' bid for Lee

They were probably Texas fans that did it to make her not like New York and try to get him to stay. Just because it happened at Yankee Stadium doesn't mean it was Yankee fans. He will be in New York next year either way.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:12 pm

Fans didn't help Yankees' bid for Lee

Yankee fans aren't smart enough or classy enough to realize that there actions will keep Cliff Lee in Texas. Looks like they may have blown the series and the chance to get Lee.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:07 pm

Fans didn't help Yankees' bid for Lee

Cliff Lee, and Kristen, are much too classy to end up in the Bronx.  I hope they go where their heart leads them, not their wallet.  As an Indians fan, I'd love for them to come back to Cleveland, but as a family man, I know how important location is.  With that being said, I can definitely see them back in Arlington next year.

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