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. lynne

    What a waste of time, there are more important things happening in this world, than
    Rudy picking the Red Socks!
    What is the big deal you lefties are really pathetic, shows how stupid you are

    October 24, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Kate, Alexandria VA

    A true baseball fan would root for the Rockies because they represent what is right with baseball. The Yankees and Red Sox and their respective payroll represent what is wrong with baseball and why few outside of the big spending markets are even following the game anymore.

    October 24, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Erin, NJ

    His support of the Yankees was Rudy's one endearing quality. Can't trust any politician – especially one who isn't even loyal enough to root against his "favorite" team's top rival.

    I suppose it isn't all that shocking considering the way he treated the NYC fire fighters after 9/11.

    October 24, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Sosume, Springfield

    I hate to tell ya, Ryan Indianapolis, but Rudy Giuliani is a monkeyboy republican like you. LETS GO RED SOX!

    October 24, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Kimberly - Foxboro, MA.

    A liberal backs a team from Massachusetts?

    C'mon – – we are all NOT liberals here!

    Proud conservative – GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Hooligan, Everywhere, America

    Giuliani married his cousin – that'll earn him "style points" in the South, where it's a tradition to "keep it in the family!"

    October 24, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Concerned Farmer, KS

    I wonder if we have enough food for the future? In reality, food is the most important thing, not DVDs, sports, or cars. We'll all die without food. I wonder how much food supply we have?

    October 24, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Al, NY NY

    this from "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.

    Posted By therealist : October 24, 2007 11:08 am

    Well, I wonder where he got that statement? Can you say O'Reilly from Faux news? Did you take that vertabim from his comments? Get some original material please

    I can't say whether what O'R says is true or not, since he basically recites GOP talking points and shouts down anybody who dares challange him. Maybe Faux news should provide something other that Rupert Murdoch's Fox News/NY Post conservative slant? "Fair and Balanced" is a load of crap and they know it.

    Back to the topic about Ghoul and his baseball picks, who the h- cares?

    October 24, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Jason Stuhr, SeaTac WA

    He just lost my vote, For shame Rudy.

    October 24, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Ann, Binghamton NY

    Next spring, when Rudy shows up at Yankee stadium, I hope the YES network remembers this betrayal and does not show him on TV falsely supporting the Yankees. YES needs to treat Rudy like a nude streaker...never on camera and an embarassment to Yankees baseball.

    October 24, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Susan, New York, New York

    So did Giuliani support Boston a few years ago when Boston won the World Series? Oops...it wasn't an election year for him, was it? But he needs New Hampshire now. Pathetic.

    October 24, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. lynne

    OOPS, I MEANT RED SOX, NOT "RED SOCKS",sorry, do not want to appear

    October 24, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Joe, Boston, MA

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

    Really Rudy? And if you were still in office in NYC, and the Mets hadn't collapsed this year and were now in the Series with Boston, you would still be backing the Sox? Really Rudy?

    October 24, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Mike, Detroit MI

    I don't pay attention to baseball, as I personally find the sport boring. But I'm a big football fan, and I know how rivalries work. Boo to Giuliani.

    October 24, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Ken, Framingham MA

    It is nice to see that Rudy has seen the errors of his ways and come over from the "Evil Empire" to the good guys!!

    October 24, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Dan Smith, Dyer, IN

    What does this kind of news have to do with our country's future and Politics besides the media trying to make one canidate more popular than the other through sports.

    October 24, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. L. Clark

    NAFTA Superhighway has Giuliani as key player

    http://www dot renewamerica.us/columns/grassi/070504

    At the center of negotiations for multiple legs of the Superhighway Corridor throughout Texas, is none other than Rudolph Giuliani's law firm which landed the Comprehensive Development Agreement for a widening of Interstate-35, now referred to as the TTC-35, in addition to the Master Development Plans for State Highways 121 and 130 among other legs of the TTC. All negotiations for Cintra were and are presently handled by the law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, of which Republican Presidential candidate, Rudolph Giuliani, has been a senior executive partner since March 2005. His law firm is the exclusive legal counsel for Cintra. Bracewell & Giuliani is comprised of 400 attorneys, based in Houston, TX with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., London and Kazakhstan

    Cintra joined with San Antonio, TX-based Zachry Construction Corp. to help land the contracts, in which Zachry owns a 20% interest. The Cintra-Zachry proposal for TTC-35 includes a private investment of up to $6 billion in upfront payments for the complete construction, design and operation of a 316-mile toll road between Dallas and San Antonio, giving Cintra the right to set tolls and keep toll road profits for a period of 50 years, as it will for each road it has contracted.

    The NAFTA Superhighway and its corridors will run from Southwestern Mexico through Laredo, Austin and Dallas, TX, into Kansas City, KA, serving as an inland customs port. The corridor will split in Kansas with one leg going to Winnipeg, Canada through Omaha, NE. The other leg goes to Toronto, Canada through Des Moines, IA, Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI.

    October 24, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Becky, Fresno, CA

    You cant be a true Yankee fan and support the Red Sox! I would be more impressed if he said he wanted any team team to win over the Red Sox! TRUE BLUE!

    October 24, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    He's got an 'al-Qaeda' baseball cap, too!

    October 24, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Willie "Watch Me Collapse" Randolph

    Dear Rudy,

    The Mets are a National League franchise.


    October 24, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. JB Boston MA

    Hey Artie Lange said the same thing the other day. Can't be a much bigger Yankee fan than Artie.

    Some people just hate the NL. Truthfully its a weaker league anyway.

    And I'll take all the support I can get.

    Although, I would root for Al Qaeda if the Yankees were playing them in the World Series!

    October 24, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Jason Moyles, Warsaw, NY

    Gee.....the North American Series (I hate to say "World series" because the US and Canada are the only ones playing the game at "that level" anyways)
    There are only 2 teams playing, The Red Sox and whoever else......I don't follow baseball anyways. But a person needs to choose between 2 teams to cheer for. Boston is close to NYC anyways. The Yankees are out of it, right? Leave the man alone and allow him to cheer for whoever he wants.

    October 24, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Howard West Caldwell, NJ

    As a Yankee fan I'm very disappointed in him. He's lost my vote!

    October 24, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Don, Los Angeles, CA

    Mark J, Chicago IL

    I know liberals such as yourself want to use the terms "undocumented" or "illegal immigrant" but that is not the truth. They are illegal aliens. #1 Undocumented implies something happened during the process and is somehow America is at fault. And since these criminials did not bother using the legal immigration process, they do not have the right to call themselves "immigrants" illegal or otherwise. Would you instead prefer we instead use the word "Unlawful Trespassers?" I have 4 brothers and I am not asked to pay for their education, healthcare, and offer other free services to them but you expect me to pay for all the world's brothers & sisters who want to come here and live off the backs of tax payers.

    October 24, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Norman, Nashville, TN

    Who cares? This has nothing to do w/ the election! This kind of info should be in the sports section, not the political ticker. How are we, the American people, supposed to become educated on candidates' positions when all we hear about is how much money someone, what color tie they are wearing, or what team they're rooting for? Read through this...there's nothing to help any of us decide who could best lead the country. Is it any wonder why our "elected leader" for the past 7 years is an idiot? It really has become a game, hasn't it?

    October 24, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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