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Chuck Greenberg sticks foot in mouth with dumb comments about Yankee fans
November 4, 2010 - Cory Giger
Texas Rangers owner and former Curve owner Chuck Greenberg made some ridiculously ill-advised comments this week when he blasted Yankee fans, and he is being heavily criticized for the gaffe.
"I thought that Yankee fans, frankly, were awful," Greenberg said on ESPN Radio in Dallas on Monday. "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."
Now Greenberg, who has apologized for the remarks, is finding out firsthand the embarrassment that those kind of comments can lead to. He is being villified in New York.
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The New York Daily News ran a headline that read "Tex-Ass" along with Greenberg's photo. He also reportedly received a tongue lashing from MLB commissioner Bud Selig for the disparaging remarks, which are not viewed kindly in baseball's ownership circles.
Greenberg's comments were incredibly odd given that he has a history of being very, very media savvy. I dealt with him for seven years when he owned the Curve, and he was always aware that anything he said could be construed a certain way, so he chose his words carefully.
Even if he truly does feel that way about Yankee fans -- and many people probably do -- he should have known that no good could come from speaking out about it. That's just dumb.
Until this week, Greenberg was a good story in baseball because he's a brilliant guy who bought the Rangers, along with Nolan Ryan, and saw the team go to the World Series.
But his comments were anything but brilliant. They were stupid, and now Greenberg is paying the price of embarrassment.
Hopefully he learned his lesson. But even if he did, those comments will never be forgotten by Yankee fans.