I think the reason he said that is because that wasn't like her.
He was on every pitch.
They saw it right in front of them and they were part of it.
But here she was in Queens in front of tens of thousands of spectators, and millions more watching on television, delivering a master class performance.
Lena coloring her strand red wasn't just for the sake of look but also to change herself.
They respect that she does care, but they don't understand it.