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'Fools' won't affect Lee in free agency

Cliff Lee's wife was among family members of Texas Rangers players subjected to obscenities and taunts during the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium.

Kristen Lee said fans even were spitting at them from a higher section.

“I brush that off as fans being fans. You can’t control 50,000 people and what they’re going to do,” Cliff Lee said Tuesday. “There were some people that were spitting off the balcony on the family section and things like that, and that’s kind of weak, but what can you do?”

The Yankees are expected to be one of the bidders for Lee when he is eligible to be a free agent after the World Series. He was traded by Seattle to Texas in July.

When asked, Lee said what happened last week during the ALCS wouldn’t have any impact on his offseason decision.

“Some people get a little alcohol in them and act inappropriate,” Lee said. “There’s so many people there you can’t control them all. I know it’s been made into a big deal, but that’s really all it is, just two or three or four people just acting like fools, and 50,000, you can’t group them all together. But there’s always going to be a couple goofballs in the crowd that think they have a right to do that stuff.”

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