October 24th, 2007
03:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani shocks Yankee fans; backs Red Sox in World Series

Watch Giuliani explain why he is backing the Red Sox in the World Series.

(CNN) - It may be politically popular in the heart of Red Sox Nation, but that probably didn’t make the admission any easier for Yankee fan Rudy Giuliani.

The former New York City mayor acknowledged at a Boston news conference Tuesday he is rooting for the rival Red Sox to win the World Series.

“I’m not saying that just because I’m here in Massachusetts,” the Republican presidential candidate said to applause and laughs. “If I’m in Colorado in the next week or two, you will see I will have the courage to tell the people of Colorado the same thing.”

He said that, as an American League fan, he always backs the team from the Yankees’ league.

Giuliani was in Boston to pick up the endorsement of former state treasurer Joe Malone, in the backyard of challenger Mitt Romney - the former governor of Massachusetts.

On Wednesday morning, the New York media took Giuliani to task for his team turnabout. In front page placements, the New York Post called the former mayor a "Red Coat," and the New York Daily News proclaimed him a "traitor."

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Milo Janus Denmark, NJ

    Wow. I'm, like, totally surprised man... Here's a guy who used to tout his record of supporting abortion rights, illegal immigration amnesty, gay marriage and gun control and now touts his "conservative record", and we're supposed to be surprised that he's a got no real New York Yankee loyalty?

    Throw him to the lions.

    October 23, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    His not a real Yankee fan just as his not a real Republican. Go Yanks!!!

    October 23, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Jung Lee, SLC, UT

    That is really dissapointing. A real Yankee fan would never support the Boston. This just shows how fake this man is. This is a political motivated move because he knows there are a lot more Boston fans than Rockies fans out there.

    October 23, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Justin, Washington DC

    WHAT A FLIP FLOPPER! FIRST THE YANKEES AND NOW THE RED SOX!? This is without a doubt his defining moment in the campaign!

    Of course I'm joking because this is such a non-issue, but the sad thing is stupid things like this sometimes do define a candidate.

    October 23, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Corey T. New York, NY

    As a New York Yankee fan who grew up watching my mayor at all of the home Yankee games in the Bronx, Rudy is a disappointment today. He always seemed to be so avid about the Yankees. Not today... His flip-flop tells everyone that he is just trying to get everyone in New England to warm up to him, even if he says otherwise.

    Watch out all of you Rudy supporters; his flip-flop today could be preceding a whole bunch of more significant flip-flops in this race.

    October 23, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Robert, West Virginia

    flip flopper Giuliani even changes sides on baseball, imagine his social stances.

    October 23, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Brett, Pembroke, MA

    Well, that is news. Guiliani is rooting for the Red Sox?!?! I've never known a Red Sox fan to root for the Yankees in a World Series simply because they are from the American League. For instance, I know many Red Sox fans who rooted for the Marlins–a National League team–in 2003 against the Yankees.

    In other words, either there is no fierce rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, and fans from both sides support the American League team in a World Series regardless, or Giuliani is just plandering to New Hampshire and Red Sox Nation voters.

    I think the answer is pretty evident.

    October 23, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Like his wives, Giuliani is a completely different person today then he was in the past.

    October 23, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Well, that's the clincher. The only negative against Rudy was his pick of baseball teams. Now that's gone. Go Red Sox! Go Rudy!

    October 23, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Rodney, Los Angeles, CA

    Can't we all just get along? For the children.

    October 24, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Rob, Hartford CT

    This is a piece of non-news garbage. Baseball? Keep it to the sports section. The decision to put this into the political ticker is perfectly illustrative of CNN's poor production judgment.

    October 24, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  12. Dave, Hilo, HI


    October 24, 2007 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  13. Santosh Mukherjee

    He probably wasn't going to win New York or Massachusetts so that's a wash....but Colorado IS a red state and for awhile it was close in the polls back in 2004 before the PResident moved ahead and put it away. It IS a state that's trending blue so politically it may have been better if Mayor G was rooting for the Rockies. In that context even better if he was rooting for the Indians.

    October 24, 2007 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  14. Go Sox's Boston

    Does this mean the Yankees will vote for Mitt Romney?

    October 24, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Women and their soap operas!
    Men and their baseball teams!
    I do not understand these obsessions.
    At least watching soap operas keeps the women out of bars.

    October 24, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. bob b

    It would be good to have Giuliani as the Republican candidate. They would finally have someone not controlled by the religious right. They have totally fouled the world up. He's pro gay rigths pro choice and pro amnesty. He's the only moderate republican out there.

    October 24, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Howard, New York NY

    No real Yankee fan will root for Boston, thats like a Giant Fan rooting for the Deadskins or Dallas, Jet fan rooting for the Patriots, Met fan rooting for the Braves or Phillies. Just isn't done!

    October 24, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Christine, Rochester NY

    Being a Red Sox fan, this is stunning. It's practically in my DNA that I will never root for the Yankees under any circumstances. With Yankee fans, I'd imagine it's the same. He's simply swaying the voters in Massachusettes.

    October 24, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Matt, Chicago

    I would never back an "American League Fan" for president. Anyone who prefers AL ball clearly does not like to make tough decisions. Though considering the number of times he changes his wives/love interests depending on his life situation, he may be able to juggle a Bullpen. zing.

    October 24, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Hey Matt from Chicago – let me guess, that bitterness comes only from a Cubs fan? Yes, and lest we forget, Mrs. Clinton hasn't been free of her fair share of sports indecisiveness. I've seen her on a few occasions wear a Yankees hat, then a Mets hat. That's heretical on a level far worse than the Yankees and Red Sox. hahaha

    October 24, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Tommy

    "He's the only moderate republican out there.
    Posted By bob b : October 24, 2007 9:38 am"

    He is NOT a moderate republican, STU-PID!!! HE is a EXTREME Liberal fli-flopping republican. Consider Mitt Romney, a REAL RED SOX fan!!!

    October 24, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Lauren, Washington DC

    Wow, Guiliani flip flops on everything! Democrat turned republican, illegal immigrant supporter to not, and now Yankee fan to Red Sox fan?! Please, no real Yankee fan would root for the Sox or vice versa.

    October 24, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Joe Chiplock, New York, NY

    Well, America. Noew you know why a vast majority of New Yorkers don't like Giuliani and never did. We had to put up with him for 8 years. Don't make the same mistake we did.

    October 24, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Pat Walter, Oyster Bay, NY

    So who is Hillary Clinton rooting for and will NY be upset when she weasels out of that?

    Wait, she wants the Cubs to win, right?

    October 24, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Huh? Folks....as Republicans...if we don't run Giuliani...then we will be running one of many right wing candidates....and the world doesn't need the right...nor does it need the left...(or a socialist) –

    October 24, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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