Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner to Rangers President Chuck Greenberg: "Completely inappropriate. Ridiculous..."
On the heels of Chuck Greenberg calling Yankee fans "the worst," Hal Steinbrenner went on WFAN radio with Mike Francesa to respond in kind the day after the Giants finished off the Rangers in the World Series:
"Completely inappropriate. Ridiculous. Our fans are the greatest in the world and we were somewhat shocked but very angry as all of you were.
And we got on the phone with the Commissioner's office. We told them that we're absolutely going to respond in an aggressive way. We agreed to wait until after the game so as not to distract from the series.
But the bottom line is, within an hour or two of the news breaking, Chuck was reaching out to us and I had a conversation with him a few hours before the game started. And he'll be the first one to admit that his statements were, just as I said, ridiculous. If not stupid.
He apologized in what I believe was a sincere way.
What we told him was, 'It's great that you're apologizing to us but you need to apologize to the fans. They're the one's you've wronged and they're just no excuse for it.'
And he did."
As for any sort of rumored issues with Cliff Lee's wife while at Yankee Stadium, Steinbrenner said they couldn't find any evidence of such:
"We could not find anything."