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. pat huntington ny

    We are note surprised he'ld abandon NY the first chance he could...he knows he will lost NY's electoral votes to the Dem. nominee in the general election...and hence the WH.

    October 24, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Rockies Fan, Colorado Springs CO

    It's just baseball. Not a tragedy, travesty, or anything that will change the world. Get over it!

    October 24, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    A liberal backs a team from Massachusetts?

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

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

    Posted By Kimberly – Foxboro, MA. : October 24, 2007 12:29 pm

    Make that two of us Kimberly and just like you, totally proud of NOT voting these losers in year after year that have ruined this state and they have made it UNAFFORDABLE.

    October 24, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. LisaJ, Silverdale WA

    Maybe Rudy just knows when to root for the better team. I'm a die-hard Sox fan, my dad has been a Yankees fan his entire life. While he is originally from MA, my dad has lived in CO since 1984 and will NEVER root for a CO sports team. My dad hopes Boston whips the Rockies. So YES, there are true Yankee fans out there who are managing to squeak out "Go Red Sox!".

    October 24, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Getalife - LI NY

    Unbelievable. Obviously, if the Yanks were in the series Guliani would be behind them. It's a freakin' baseball game – why is everyone making such a big deal about this? Can't anyone find any real news???

    October 24, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. OJ Simpson, LA County, CA

    Who really cares? Both the Red Sox and Yanks stink anyway.

    It's true though...these people in California are homeless and people are talking about this crap. Unreal!

    October 24, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Andrew, Philly, PA

    He just lost my vote, seriously. Stick to your guns Rudy, and stick to your Yanks. Prayers go out to SoCal.....

    October 24, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Matt Long Beach, Ca

    Why Giuliani Was Booed At Yankee Stadium
    by davefromqueens
    Wed Oct 10, 2007 at 07:55:30 AM PDT
    Talk about blowback.

    For years, George Steinbreener and right wing nutcases running the New York Yankees have subtly and overtly attempted to turn a nonpolitical sporting event such as watching a baseball game at Yankees stadium into a 1930s style German propaganda event to promote right wing politicians, right wing views on religion, and right wing views on Iraq. It's no longer take me out to the ballgame and as a Yankee fan, I find it disgusting.

    The most frequent use of mixing politics and baseball at Yankee stadium is Steinbrenner's promotion of right wing extremist Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani gets a front row, unimpeded view of Yankee games because these seats are given to him by Steinbrenner. Then Yankee stadium officials and the networks try to plaster Rudy Giuliani's face all over the big screen and the television. This amounts to millions of dollars of free advertising, something quite beneficial when you are running for President.

    But Steinbrenner overplayed his hand. Giuliani got roundly booed at Yankee Stadium and this will play out on the campaign trail.

    davefromqueens's diary :: ::
    From this day forward, EVERY person running against Rudy Giuliani can point out how most people at Yankee Stadium resoundedly booed Rudy Giuliani. If you are Joe Six Pack or Jane Housewife going about your daily life in Missouri, you are smart enough to realize that if the people at Yankee Stadium are booing Rudy Giuliani, they must know something that the media isn't telling you. After 3 more seconds of thought, Joe Six Pack and Jane Housewife make the connection that Rudy Giuliani is not a 9/11 Hero but that he did some awful things regarding 9/11. And even if Joe Six Pack or Jane Housewife agree with Rudy Giuliani 95% of the time, Giuliani just lost their vote, even if he attains the general nomination and faces Hillary Clinton.

    The people of New York City booed Rudy Giuliani because they know what a scumbag he truly is. Giuliani couldn't get elected dogcatcher in New York City today unless the only other candidate running was named Michael Vick.

    The people of New York City know about Giuliani's command center, the defective firefighter radio equipment, Bernard third grade detective Kerik, his phony crime statistics, his lousy education policies, his tax increases on the middle class combined with tax cuts and welfare for the top 1%, Thomas Von Essen, Judy Nathan, his defense of Abner Louima's torturers, his attempt to close down a museum over one painting, his mistreatment of Donna Hanover and their two children, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, his halting of rescue and recovery at 9/11 on behalf of a contractor, his 2004 GOP Convention speech, his cheerleading of Bush, his silence about Osama Bin Laden, his exploitation of the 9/11 tragedy, his avaricious attempts to profit from the tragedy, his raiding of the widow's victim funds for his cronies, his business links to many of the same groups that he calls terrorists, etc...

    The people most affected by 9/11 (in terms of numbers) are the people of New York City (and our surrounding suburbs). The pain of that horrific day still lives inside of me as it does most New Yorkers. If you ever want to see righteous anger, all you have to do is be a politician (Democratic or Republican) who would exploit this tragedy for personal purposes while giving a big FU to the city of New York. (Example – I and many others REFUSED to vote for Mark Green when he ran an exploitive commercial of 9/11 just weeks after the tragedy. This issue goes way beyond party labels.)

    Rudy Giuliani is that exploitive politician ten times over. It's why he got booed louder than any person at Yankee Stadium since Ed Whitson.


    October 24, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Giuliani has just some more vote from his home state (NY) voters.

    Is he a stupid politician or an inexperienced politician? I guess both.

    October 24, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. JKM Albany, NY

    There are a lot of people out here that don't care one itsy bit about sports.....and certainly won't elect a president based on a baseball team.

    October 24, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Ron Fortney, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

    Get over it New York! I am from Philadelphia and always back the National League team when the Phillies lose out, which is most of the time.

    October 24, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Barry Gold, Orange, CA

    To each and every person, including those in the media who think this is a story...

    Get a life. ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

    October 24, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Carl Spackler - IL

    And this deserves a headline why? Who cares who he roots for. I have seen him at Shea Stadium rooting for The Mets.

    What does this have to do with him running for President? I have seen Senator Clinton wearing a Yankee Hat, but she says she is a Cubs fan. Again Who Cares?

    October 24, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. John Lynch Longs, SC (formerly of Stamford CT)

    This just shows all of America what a two faced, flip flopping a-hole Giuliani really is. Don't forget, on Sept. 10, 2001 Giuliani could never have been elected DOG-Catcher in NYC he was hated so much. No true, blue-blodded Yankee fan would EVER even consider rooting for the F-in Sawx.

    October 24, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Charlie Goose

    Anybody over the age of 12 who cares deeply about the result of any pro sporting event, more than 5 minutes after it's over, needs to have his or her head examined. I don't mind at all that Giuliani is rooting for the Red Sox, it means zilch to me.

    October 24, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |


    October 24, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Irate Yankee Fan, Baltimore, MD

    Rudy (or should I say, Judas),

    You just lost my vote!


    Irate Yankee Fan.

    October 24, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Don, I think 'Mark' was being completely serious and is just from so far out in the sticks that he's never heard the word 'alien' applied to someone from another country.
    My home county fills up with legal aliens every summer; nice people mostly, but they can't drive worth okra. By next month they'll all be back home again, and next year they'll be back. I think flying saucers are bringing them.

    October 24, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Sarah Hayes, Florissant, MO

    Seriously? This is what CNN calls news? Makes me almost want to go back to Fox News. Almost.

    October 24, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Jon, Middletown NJ

    There is political poandering and unforgiveable sin. Giuliani's support of the red sox falls into the latter category. No true yankees fan would ever support the red sox. His whole character, if not in question before, should be now.

    October 24, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Yankee Nation !! Da Bronx, NYC

    Rudy is an idiot. He "was" beloved in NYC, and now this ? As part of Yankee Nation, you simply cant make this statment. If Rudy dares ever show is face in the Shrine in the Bronx again, he will get booed mercilessly. Go F yourself Rudy...F the Scum Sawx. Go Rockies !!

    October 24, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Joseph/Memphis, TN

    What is wrong with him backing the Boston, it is closer to home than Colorado, get over the Yankees lost. It is just a game.

    October 24, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. T Rose, Parma Ohio

    The current moron occupying the office had votes cast/stolen for him in 2000 and 2004 because he looked good in a cowboy hat and would be more fun to have a beer with than Al Gore. Look what a great choice that was, uh! Now people will vote based on what baseball team a candidate roots for? How about we vote for a candidate that wants to end this illegal war, or wants to end suffering at home, or wants to provide health care to children, or who believes in stem cell research to cure debilitating diseases, or who wants to rid the country of the albatross of a debt created by this cowboy hat wearing, beer drinking moron. Whadda think?

    October 24, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Robb, New York

    Forty-six million Americans without healthcare, 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, half the state of California on fire and 4,000+ American soldiers dead in Iraq, and Rudy Giuliani's pick to win the World Series is what everyone's talking about? To make matters worse, his opponents have used hizzoner's sudden love for the Sox to paint him a flip-flopper. The lot of these candidates, Democrats and Republicans, are acting like juveniles. What does it say about the state of this nation's political system when student council candidates act and speak with more maturity than presidential hopefuls? As Ross Perot once said, "That's just sad."

    October 24, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Jason, Santa Fe NM

    Unbelievable! I have always wondered why the Firefighters in NYC hate Giuliani so much. Now it's all coming into focus!

    October 24, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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