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. Lucy, Boston MA

    Amazing how this piece of non-news garbage has not only been placed in the wrong section (it should be in sports) but it has been moved up near the newest stories, if you pay attention, from an older spot. CNN intends to get squeeze the most reaction from this tactic, but it only reveals their poor production judgment and loose journalistic integrities.

    October 24, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    It's a sad day when voters' support for a presidential candidate hinges on what sports team they root for rather than their policies.

    Not a fan of Rudy (or any of the Republican candidates), but still silly.

    Slow news day?

    October 24, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Rebecca C, Rochester, NY

    I have been trying to defend Giuliani for a while because I like him. But this is really beyond any defense and makes me have to search for a better candidate.

    No Yankees fan would EVER put a Red Sox Cap on, and vice versa. There is no justifiable reason for wearing the cap of rival team – even if that team is going for the World Series. It's not your team. If Rudy can't even stick to his ball team, I don't feel confident that he'll stick by his country. Two different issues, yes, but the same man in question at the heart of it.

    Fellow Americans, it's time to find a new candidate. Rudy wanted to toss his hat into the ring, well, he tossed it all right.

    October 24, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Joe, Red Sox Nation

    Don't do us any favors Gouliani, stay a Yankee's Fan. Oh ya, Ron Paul!!!!

    October 24, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    originally i'm from colorado but have been a die hard yankee fan all my life. i wouldn't root for the red sox if they were playing a minor league team and i was being paid to watch. speaking of minor leagues that's ole rudy's campaign. waffle on that.

    October 24, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Her Rudy, what the difference between a Fenway frank and a Yankee dog.....

    You can still buy a Fenway frank in October.

    We don't want you to root for us, you put in a good word for Torre and what good did that do?

    They should have kept him and as a Sox fan I am glad they didn't.

    How many hats does Hillary own, as I believe she has announced her allegiance to the Yankees, Mets and the Cubs etc, etc, etc.

    October 24, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Chris, FL

    Soooo, does this mean we should vote for Rudy?


    October 24, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Kyle. Longmont, CO

    Well its not like he is gonna be president anyway. Plus whats the big deal? moving from being a fan of the evil empire to being a fan of the evil empire jr?

    October 24, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Kate, Aurora CO

    This isn't news and shame on CNN for even wasting time with this. Americans are really becoming the most ignorant people. We are basing election decisions on marital status, religeous beliefs or lack thereof, gender, age and now what sports team they prefer? How about just sticking to the important factors in this decision such as Rudy's unpopularity in NCY prior to 9-11 or his unending exploitation of the tragedy for his own personal and financial gain? or how about how both the NYC Fire Dept & Police Dept do not support him? Here's a thought. how about this time we DON'T vote for the guy we'd like to have a beer with and watch the game. How about we vote for a smart and capable person regardless of gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, etc..etc...

    October 24, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. jesse, new york, new york

    During any given Yankees game since 9/11, a video of Giuliani, wearing a Yanks cap, is played, with him saying, "Let's go Yankees!"

    This video must never be played in the Bronx again!

    (As a Yanks fan, I say let's go ROCKIES!)

    October 24, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Lawrence Roybal, Denver CO

    Just don't come to Colorado and expect open arms pal. This is enough to not get my vote.

    October 24, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Rick, Rockville, MD

    I've heard MANY Yanks fans say they're pulling for the Sox to win (even Artie Lange, the biggest Yankee homer out there)....I think its more of the 'root for the AL' type of thing now with Yank fans

    October 24, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Peter, Easton PA

    I am so glad every other Social and Economic problem has been solved. Now we can finally turn to picking them apart by which team they will root for.
    What Social Security problems?
    What Health Care affordablity problem?
    What offshoring problem?
    What illegal alien problem?

    October 24, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Robert Giarrusso, Springfield, VA

    Politician. Turncoat. Hoser.
    Here's what's wrong with American politics in a microcosm: whenever its convenient, old allegiances and stands on principle (hah! an oxymoron, there) are unceremoniously dumped, so that someone can sidle up to a "winner."
    McCain should have learned this long ago, too.
    Glad to see all those photo-ops with Torre and the Yanks in Times Square and Yankee Stadium were so meaningful and heartfelt.
    Next you'll see him endorse the Patriots over the Giants, Jets, Bills, Knicks, Rangers, and Islanders.
    They'd put you on Mt. Rushmore Rudy, but there isn't room for two more faces.
    America laughs at "America's mayor." Go away, before you cause further embarrassment...

    October 24, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. therealist

    This is news to CNN. Evidently Lieutenant Murphy is not ready for primetime on CNN. Or is it the other way around??

    Please stop insulting the American people by saying you are behind the troops when you ignore their heroism. CNN can't get enough of negative war zone stories. They run them all day long. And you ignore, ignore a Medal of Honor winner? Awful.

    On their primetime broadcast last night, CNN just said no to Lieutenant Michael Murphy and his proud family. And then run this post as the lead the next morning. There is no excuse.

    October 24, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Jenny Albany, NY

    He may have gained some votes in Boston but he has lost thousands in NY!
    New York fans always support the team that is playing Boston, not the other way around. Disgusted.

    October 24, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Jonathan T., Hoboken, NJ

    Rudy switches his team just like he has switched his wives. Not surprising at all! At least Hillary is sticking to the same husband. But, whatever Rudy does, either switching his positions, wives, teams, or affiliations, its okey with the republicans. They do not have mind of their own. Whatever, Carl Rove, Bush, or Fox tells them to do, they will follow like sheep.

    October 24, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Bart Raleigh, NC

    It's Giuliani. Everyone should already know he's full of sh@#! He cozied up to Ralph Reed who just might be the most dangerous and corrupt supposed Christian in this country. As a Yankee fan who cares who Giuliani roots for. It will be a very sad day if he is chosen to run our country.

    October 24, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. eric, rochester,ny

    as a true Yanks fan I cheer for two teams. the Yanks, and whoever is playing against the socks. doesn't really matter though i don't like Rudy anyway

    October 24, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Raulin Mechanicsville VA

    Rudy is Pro Abortion and Pro Life
    Pro Gay marriages and against it
    And a Yankee Fan and a Red Sox Fan.
    Will he be Pro Hillary (She is a NY Senator) if he does not win the Republican nomination

    October 24, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. David B., Sterling VA

    Why is anyone shocked? Giuliani has made it clear for years that he'd throw his mother on a bonfire if he thought it would get him a few more votes.

    October 24, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Chris S. Raleigh, NC

    Why do some comments here reflect a disdain for this Political Ticker as NEWS? It's not trying to be the "Front Page," folks. It's the Political Ticker, and it seems to track all things campaign: great, small, in between. How could you compare the coverage of this to the coverage of the fire's in Cali. Go to the front page of the CNN website to see that. You come here knowing it's the Ticker. Don't complain about its irrelevance. It's annoying.

    October 24, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Chris S Raleigh NC

    Guiliani is not moderate, folks. He may have a few old NY liberal skeletons he can't shake (else he be pegged with the dreaded flip-flop), but he's a nightmare for the anti- Imperialism crowd...he wants more war, more fear, and the Neocons are coelescing around his camp, bigtime. And we all know how badly they want to fulfill their promise of the new Middle East. If you want more fear, more war (um, Iran) and more rampant anti-Americanism worldwide, then go with this guy. He is NOT liberal where it matters. He's our worst nightmare. That, and he looks like dracula sort of.

    October 24, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    This is meaningless and not worthy of being on a "news" ticker.

    October 24, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Jenn, Bristol CT

    Well, he lost my vote! Come on! You call yourself a fan. You can be afan of the sport and love the game but a Yankees "fan", Giuliani, would NEVER back Boston, NEVER! Go YANKEES!

    October 24, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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