NY Yankees to Garber and MLS: Drop Dead

Well, well, well.

It seems that the New York Yankees, as represented by their chubby, pasty-faced President, Randy Levine, have a pretty thin skin and don't allow outsiders to make germane observations about their operations, even when said observations are patently obvious to anyone with functional eyes.

When MLS Commissioner Donny The G met with a group of Associated Press Sports Editors last Thursday one of the things he was asked about - not surprisingly - was the effect the current domestic economic situation was having on the league.

In his reply, Garber noted that everyone in the sports business was feeling the pinch a bit and, using the New York Yankees as an example, said that "It's incomprehensible that you watch a game, and there will be front-row seats empty".

And indeed, this exact same observation had been made numerous times over the last week or so as sports writers noticed that except for Opening day the highest priced seats in Yankee Stadium have been almost completely empty.

However, Levine wasn't about to let some clown from a soccer league, of all things, talk about his outfit that way, and USING THE AP AS HIS PLATFORM he aimed a good swift kick at Garber and MLS:

"Don Garber discussing Yankee attendance must be a joke. We draw more people in a year than his entire league does in a year. If he ever gets Major League Soccer into the same time zone as the Yankees, we might take him seriously."

The, just to make sure that everyone got the message, he added:

"Hey Don, worry about Beckham, not the Yankees. Even he wants out of your league"

To say that this little hissy fit was an overreaction is to state the obvious. Levine's churlish, unprofessional remarks say a lot less about Major League Soccer than they do about what a total jerk he is.

Garber, as a well respected sports management professional, was simply discussing the economy. Levine chose to interpret it as being attendance smack.

Later in the day, MLS issued this response from the Commish:

"When I mentioned the New York Yankees yesterday, my comments were part of a larger assertion that all businesses -- even the most successful sports entities -- are experiencing some impact from the economic downturn"

"The Yankees are one of the world's strongest sports brands and the context of my comments about a few empty seats at Yankee Stadium was to illustrate the economic challenges we are all facing."

Well yeah, that seemed pretty obvious to everybody.

Well, except Levine, who's clearly pretty touchy about his inability to find people willing to plunk down $500 bucks a seat to watch his team get assraped by Cleveland 22-4.

So he figured he'd make some snarky comments about MLS - and toss in that jewel about Beckham - so everyone could see just how a high class, big time professional behaves.

And that's exactly what we saw. Only we saw it from Garber.