October 9th, 2007
04:44 PM ET
7 years ago

Giuliani goes to bat for Torre

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani chats with his friend Joe Torre, manager of the New York Yankees.

DEARBORN, Michigan (CNN) - Here at the Michigan Republican debate, Giuliani didn’t just take on his fellow Republican candidates, but he also took on New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Rudy Giuliani was asked whether Joe Torre, the manager of his beloved Yankees, should keep his job following the Yankees’ playoff elimination by the Cleveland Indians.

Giuliani’s simple answer: “God willing.”

There has been much media speculation about whether Steinbrenner will retain Torre who has been the Yankees’ manager for 12 years. Steinbrenner reportedly said that if the Yankees didn’t advance in the playoffs, Torre’s job was “on the line.”

Giuliani is a longtime Yankee fan.

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Filed under: Michigan • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Common Sense

    WOW ADmin, you getting Overtime for this effort?

    October 9, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. dark side of the funny farm

    Ohhhh, I nearly forgot to mention, remember that time I saved the world on 9/11? Oh, I said that already? Well let me remind you of the fact that..... 9/11

    October 9, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Bob, New York, NY

    The Yankees just go to show that love isn't the only thing money won't buy. It also doesn't buy championships.

    October 9, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. John S.

    I CANT HEAR, ITS SOO LOUD? WHATS WITH ALL THE 9/11?

    October 9, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. John Chicago

    Oh! and, uh, 911~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!

    yea, gewliani rocks.

    October 9, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Common Sense

    MMMMmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!! 9/11

    October 9, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Bob NYC

    Giuliani's sucking Mr. Torre's bat!

    October 9, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Joe Torre is pure class. We could use him in Seattle, double his salary, and he still would be worth twice that even. Best baseball man in America.

    October 9, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. Jackson

    "Rudy shines bright in a field of dull tarnished posers. That's more than enough for me. He has MY vote!"

    Rudy "I want to police the internet" Giuliani has nothing more than an occasional bad joke–much like his candidacy–to carry him. His plans are dangerous and contradictory to this nation, and nothing short of a provocation toward a national crisis if he ends up in office.

    October 9, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Scott from Freehold

    All that is missing from this worthless story is Giuliani saying Torre should stay on because of 9-11, seeing as how that is the reason for everything with Rudy. Oh, Torre SHOULD stay, but if this is what is on Giuliani's mind, perhaps he needs to go back to answering calls from Queen Judith when he is talking to the press.

    October 9, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. Paul C, Rockville MD

    The Yankees have not won a World Series with a Republican in the White House, since Eisenhower.

    October 9, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Lisa Ling, Dallas, TX

    Oh yeah, like this is political news. Good grief, get real.

    October 9, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    i think torre should keep his job so many postseason appearrences and division titles and 3 world series apperances

    October 9, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Joe Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    Rudy is going to torture people, turn this country into a police state and pick up exactly where Bush is leaving off. New York 9/11 New York 9/11. He makes me sick.

    October 9, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. John in Ca

    Maybe he didnt hear the Yankee fans booing him during the seventh inning stretch...He couldnt yell 9/11 loud enough to cover that

    October 9, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. bj, houston, texas

    Guliani is an American Gangster. period

    October 9, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Baseball (aka, the Great American Pasttime) is complicated enough as it is without presidential campaigns or poor management. Is it the manager's fault that the players can't win? Maybe it's the players athletic abilities that determine a win (or lose)?

    Screw the complicated stuff. PLAY BALL!

    October 10, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Simon Templar

    So let me get this straight. If Torre loses his job it will be the end of the world as we know it. Look G, I enjoy baseball as much as you or the next American does. But I think there are more important things to worry about than whether Joe keeps his job. Your supposed to be running for President, so whey don't you tell me what your going to do for the American people, or hit the road.

    October 10, 2007 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
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