ARLINGTON -- Less than an hour before the start of Game 5 of the World Series on Monday, Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg issued an apology to the fans of the New York Yankees.
The apology was in response to remarks directed toward Yankees fans on a local radio show early in the afternoon.
"Earlier today, in the course of praising the extraordinary support and enthusiasm of Texas Rangers fans, I unfairly and inaccurately disparaged fans of the New York Yankees," Greenberg said in a statement released by the Rangers. "Those remarks were inappropriate. Yankees fans are among the most passionate and supportive in all of baseball.
"I have spoken directly to Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine to apologize for my intemperate comments. I would like to express again how proud we are of our fans and how remarkably they have supported the Rangers throughout lean times and now during this magical season."
The Rangers defeated the Yankees in six games during the American League Championship Series. Three of the six games were in New York.
Greenberg, on KESN, said, "I think our fans have been great. I think particularly in Game 3 of the World Series, they just blew away anything I've seen in any venue during the postseason. I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful."