October 9th, 2007
04:44 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Jackson

    This is what passes for political news?

    October 9, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Harry D, FL

    WTF cares???

    We have young men and women dying in Iraq, an almost bankrupt government, crack pipe globablization, increasing communists manifestos....AND you have to post this trash?? Kiss a kite.

    October 9, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Our next president looks good there. It will be nice for two reasons for Giuliani to get in....one – it will show the left that people don't want higher taxes and more socialist/entitlement programs – and 2 a clear shot to the religious minority of the party that they no longer control it....we are the only moderate party!!! (now....if he loses the primary...then it shows how far we haven't come)

    October 9, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. pl. at the UN for a while.

    I am sure that by now everyone has read the ranking of gaffes put up by CNN this morning.
    Mr Giuliani has titles to more than half of all gaffes committed by presidential hopefuls in both the Dem and the Repub races together. WAW [What A Winner]!

    October 9, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Kevin, Nashville, TN

    Ron Paul is addressing real issues with real solutions and gets no attention. Yet CNN chooses to cover Giuliani asking the NY Yankees to keep it's manager. This is why I am getting sick of the media.

    October 9, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Let's ask Hillary the same question – since she's a long-time Yankee fan too! (eyes rolling) I still remember the news conference where Hillary donned a Yankees cap. It reminded me of someone being traded... and I guess she was being traded – Ark for NY.

    Hopefully American will decide the keep her in the minors – sending her packing back to the Senate.

    October 9, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Bob F, Portsmouth, RI

    Keep him. He's a great manager and a decent person. We need all of them we can get.

    October 9, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Rich Chicago, IL

    No report on how many seconds elapsed before Giuliani mentioned 9/11.

    October 9, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Joseph/ Memphis, TN

    Who own the team Steinbrenner or Giuliani? Nobody could sway Giuliani to keep his first or second wife. His nerve or may he has minority ownership of the Yankees. The hyped up presidential candidate should weigh in on Iraq.

    October 9, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT - Orange County, NY

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

    October 9, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Robert, Houston, TX

    The problem is not Joe Torre. It's Steinbrenner. He's a spoiled brat. Period.

    October 9, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Stephen, Mi

    Who cares what Giuliani thinks. Last time I Checked he wasn't a baseball expert

    October 9, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    We can't let the terrorist win especially in this post 9/11 world... 9/11 taught us one thing and that is on 9/11 I saved the day. If Torre wasn't the manager during 9/11 then 9/11 would of been so much worse. Oh yeah and 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11. Thank You. 9/11 9/11 9/11

    October 9, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Mike Gorczynski Whitby, Ontario

    I think it would be more respectful if Joe Torre resigns on his own terms, whenever that time comes. He should not receive excess pressure from steinbrenner. Let's be real here, no one wins every year, and Steinbrenner should not just let him go. Don't forget, the Yankees made a hell of a run to almost catch Boston for the division in the season.

    October 9, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. AJ, New York

    I think it's funny that a guy on his third (fourth?) wife is preaching to others about loyalty.

    And wasn't it Giuliani who fired Bratton because he thought the Comish was getting a little too much credit? Glass houses, Your Honor.

    October 9, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. john, nyc

    Giuliani has no real power in NYC anymore; speaking as someone from we dont think of him as a hero, especially those who know how he treated the firefighters; o wait 9/11 changed everything....well maybe for a short time, we are all waking up from a long winters nap....go away Giuliani.

    October 9, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. James


    October 9, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Ryan Indianapolis

    Isnt Hillary a Chicago Yankees fan????That woman is the Devil

    October 9, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. SaneSmith

    Who cares what Rudy Doody thinks.

    October 9, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Common Sense

    someone tell that liar to mind his business and stay outta baseball's. shouldnt he be out somewhere making money off of 9-11?

    October 9, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Anonymous


    October 9, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Mike, NEw York New York

    Torre needs to leave. I blame him for the Wang decision unless it is confirmed otherwise. Wang singlehandedly lost games 1 and 4 for us. I also blame Torre for not protesting the bugs–he should have asked for a delay. Bring on Don (Mattingly)!

    October 9, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Johnny


    October 9, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Common Sense


    October 9, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Brett, Pembroke, MA

    Wow. No kidding. A New York Yankees fan stands up for Joe Torre. Isn't this blatant gossip–not meaningful political news–like the other stories about who is wearing a flag pin and Clinton having to tie her shoes? Aren't there real issues to be talking about?

    This ticker has become a ridiculous gossip column. This column should be devoted to small yet important political developments, not the stuff that makes readers think you guys are just searching the news stories for the smallest details to get the biggest paychecks.

    But anyway, Go Sox!

    October 9, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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