October 11th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Prez hopeful betting on Red Sox

Dodd plans to give Red Sox tickets to some lucky supporters.

(CNN) - Baseball’s American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians entered the realm of presidential politics Wednesday when presidential hopeful and Red Sox fan Chris Dodd announced a contest for tickets to Game 6 of the series at Boston’s Fenway Park.

“There’s nothing more American than baseball, and it doesn’t get much better than sitting at Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox in the playoffs,” Dodd said in a statement released by his campaign. “It’s been a long three years since the Sox won the World Series in 2004, but the team is on the winning path once again. My campaign is about getting results, and I’m confident the Red Sox are as well. But they can’t do it alone, nor can I, so I am hoping for some help by my side when I cheer them to victory.”

The campaign said that if the Red Sox win the series before Game 6, the winning entrant would attend Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park. If the Indians get the best of the Red Sox, the campaign said the winning entrant would get to spend the day on the campaign trail with Dodd in either Iowa or New Hampshire.

The Red Sox advanced to the ALCS after sweeping the Los Angeles Angels 3–0 in the opening series of the playoffs. The Indians beat Boston’s arch-rival, New York Yankees, 3 – 1 in their opening round.

Boston and Cleveland last met in the postseason during the Truman Administration. The Indians won a one-game American League playoff against the Red Sox in 1948 by the score of 8-3, and went on to defeat the Boston Braves in the World Series.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Chris Dodd
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    Another reason why this guy does not have the judgement to be president! Go Indians!

    October 11, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. bob(boston)

    The Red Sox and Indians have met in the post season a few times since the Truman administration ('95, '98 and '99). You could say they haven't met in the League Championship Series, but not the post season.

    October 11, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Daniel, Kensington MD

    The Red Sox beat the Indians in a post-season series, the first round of the playoffs, in 1999. That series was highlighted by a dominant relief appearance by an injured Pedro Martinez. 1948 was the last time the two teams played for the American League championship.

    October 11, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Rodney Dallas TX

    Isn't gambling illegal in most states?

    October 11, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. deroy, w. palm beach, FL

    why is he giving away baseball tickets?

    will he get ONE delegate?

    October 11, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Matt, Kansas City, Missouri

    Technically it wasn't even the American League Championship Series, being it was a one game tie breaker.

    October 12, 2007 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  7. Terry, El Paso, TX

    I've wondered about this...
    If you taped a baseball game and then edited out all the parts where the ball wasn't in play, how long would the game be? My personal guess is 8 to 10 minutes.

    I watched a baseball game with my father when I was a teenager. He was a great sports fan and watched everything from pro-pingpong to figure skating. After four or five innings, I asked, "Is this it? Is this all they do for the rest of the game?" He looked at me with total incredulity for a moment, then said, "Why don't you go read a book, Son?" That was the last baseball game I ever watched.

    October 12, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |