October 24th, 2007
03:20 PM ET
11 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. Vervet Monkey, Botswana, Africa

    Maybe he's another believer turned monkey. Monkeys don't believe in anything. What difference does it make who a Monkey backs? Not politics, simply science: inbreds have no faith, love or honor – monkey see monkey do.

    October 24, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Jon Skies, New York, NY

    This is why Ruddy should be pres. He's smart enough to not let his OWN personal feelings get in the way of making a clear and obvious pick for a winner. I'm a die hard Yankees Fan, but even I have to addmit the clear advantage the BoSox have over the Rockies in every part of the game.

    October 24, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. James White, Erie, CO

    To Colorado Republicans:

    If you really love your state, then don't go for Rudy if he wins the primary. Have your own opinion and don't fall into that FOX-Rush trap.

    October 24, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Lisa, Hackensack, NJ

    I think it is ridiculous that he is being referred to as a traitor. Give me a break. He has every right to determine which team he wants to back and if it is a rival in the AL then that is the way it is. Lighten up! There are other bigger issues on the political forefront then worrying about what team wins the world series.

    October 24, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Wasn't Giuliani the same guy who made fun of Hillary on her team choices during the last Republican debate????

    Hey Rudy, the kettle is calling you.....

    October 24, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    LOL He definitely has no chance of winning New York if he wins the nomination now....He's a turncoat! 🙂

    October 24, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. therealist

    Before the emotional metal of honor ceremony, Lieutenant Murphy's parents met with Bush and gave him a gold dog tag in tribute to their son.

    Dan Murphy said, "What we were most touched by was that the president immediately put that on underneath his shirt, and when he made the presentation of the Medal of Honor, he wore that against his chest."

    Now that's a great president.., and definitely not a man that finds death amuzing. CNN on the other hand must, as they seem to glorify only those types of reports from the war fronts.

    October 24, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Dyinglikeflies, New York, NY

    Until now this Bronx boy was torn betwenn the two evils: do I vote for the NY native Giuliani who promotes tax policies that hurt NY, or the outsider Clinton who swept in like a carpetbagger? My dilemma is over- if Mother Theresa herself rooted for the hated BoSox, I would have to vote against her. So long, Rudy, and don't let the screen door hit you on the way out.

    October 24, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Patti, Mineola, NY

    NO Yankee fan would EVER root for the Red Sox, only a phoney like Rudy!!!

    October 24, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Babe Ruth Baltimore, MD

    I am now rolling in my grave....

    October 24, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Pt in New Jersey (Go Rockies, since the Sox stink!)

    Ok, for all of those out there stating that this tid-bit should be covered in the Sports sections of America, you are wrong. BIG TIME WRONG. Baseball is widely agreed upon as the National Past-Time, and for baseball fans in New York, there's nothing more concretely jointed than politics and the sport. If they weren't joined at the hip, then Joe DiMaggio's marriage to Marilyn Monroe, who then went on to perform her Happy Birthday for President Kennedy, would never have been the scandal it was. But I digress.

    The problem here is that, since his first day as mayor, Giuliani was always seen wearing the Yankee pinstripes-pictures of his son and him sitting by the Yankee dugout are as commonplace in NYC as a Starbucks on every corner. For him to abandon the Yankees in favor of the Red Sox is the proverbial stab to the back-to New Yorkers, it's worse than Brutus slaying Caesar in Rome.

    A lot of New Yorkers do not like Giuliani, and when the media named him 'America's Mayor' after the 9/11 Attacks, it was tinged with bitterness. His support of the Red Sox now only solidifes the disingenuous Giuliani for what he really is- nothing more than an infomercial salesman pitching a product.

    As a Yankee fan, and someone who has lived in the Metro-NY area from birth, I would never vote for Giuliani. It's not because he's rooting for the enemy, no-it's because, in doing so, he's sacrificed his roots, his heritage, his character, for the White House.

    I don't want to vote for a guy (or gal) who sacrifices their beliefs for the presidency, who panders to varying societies, associations, groups, etc. just to buck some votes.

    Rudy Giuliani sold his soul to the devil in cheering on the Sox, and he lost much more than he could have bargained for. Some say, 'It's just baseball,' but here, in New York, baseball is more than a game. It's life, it's the power that fuels the subways and it's been the People's Game since before any of these candidates were born.

    Giuliani just struck out, big time.

    October 24, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Mark J., Chicago, IL

    Peter, Easton PA "Illegal ALIEN"???? Being an american who been out to many countries, thats exactly kinda of mindset people dont appreciate all we do.

    ALIEN, god sake, we are brothers from different countries, not species from different planets.

    October 24, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Michael, Flanders, NJ

    So much for all those shots of him in Yankee Stadium during the playoffs all these years post 9/11, eh?

    No Yankee fan in their right mind would back Boston in the World Series. The rivalry goes back a long time and is beyond the AL. I would expect the same from Boston fans.

    Go Rockies! (By default)

    October 24, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Terry, El Paso, TX

    I read this blog because I thought it was a joke. After all, can anyone REALLY care what politician supports which baseball corporation's profits? Of course, I've never understood why anyone wants to watch a bunch of undereducated millionaires fleece the suckers in the audience, but I've come to accept it.

    Has anyone ever recorded a baseball game and then cut out the parts where the ball wasn't in play? I doubt if the final cut would run for more than ten minutes.

    You guys need to find something to do.

    October 24, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Vitaliy, New York NY

    I can see the reasons why some people might think that this is not the news worth telling but i would have to disagree. Giuliani is one of the few republicans who has the chance of winning the bid for the white house so anything he says publicly is worth listening to because it might reveal his true(er) character. These kind of statements are consistent with his debate speeches and public appearances. His views seem to change from one week to another but its hard to follow and pick up on them. This is not about sports but about him and his character. No true yankees fan (as he claimed he is) would cheer for Red Sox .

    October 24, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Terry, El Paso, TX

    The word 'alien' does not mean a monster from another planet. It means someone who is not from here. I am from Texas. If I visited Montana, I'd be an alien there.

    I know that, and I graduated from the public schools. Everyone should know that.

    October 24, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |





    October 24, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Tim, Myrtle Beach, SC

    ANYBODY from New York knows this is nothing but pure political pandering. A Yankee fan wouldn't root for the Red Sox if they were playing al Qaeda in the World Series!!!!

    October 24, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Gorge Fort Worth Texas

    This guy would sell his mother to get the top job,let alone his kids..lol

    October 24, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Chris Wilcox, San Bernardino, CA

    Boo Giuliani and the Red Sox Nation.

    October 24, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    This blog is a joke but Go Rockies!!! By the way, Mr. Guliani, Colorado is trending BLUE And I hope YOU lose big-time in Colorado if you are the Republican nominee!!

    October 24, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Kevin Minahan, Bronx NY

    I hope Rudy enjoys being the President of the Red Sox fan club because he will never get my vote.I hope he never sets foot in the White House.
    GO ROCKIES!!!!

    October 24, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. drbcool, Claremont, CA

    Maybe he'll back a Democrat, too. Who knows where this might go?

    October 24, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Eric Clarkson - Kansas City, Missouri

    Of course Giuliani backs the Sed Sox... they comprise a larger constituency than Rockies fans.
    It's all about the votes, baby!

    October 24, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Scott, Bountiful, UT

    That's crap, Rudy! You NEVER, EVER cheer for the Red Sox! If the Red Sox played the Taliban, I'd cheer for the Taliban! Rudy, get it together and leave Boston before you start asking for chow-dah! Go Rockies! Go ANYONE who plays the Red Sox!

    October 24, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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