October 24th, 2007
03:20 PM ET
15 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. Berto NY, NY

    Rudy should be banned from Yankee Stadium. Please fire Randy Levine.

    October 25, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. New Yorker

    What do you expect from an unethical

    and unprincipled old guy ?

    October 25, 2007 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  3. sonya, atlanta, ga

    I don't know which one is worst Rudy's pandering or Hillary can't decide between two teams. Both of them are weasals.

    October 25, 2007 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  4. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Rudy – the Yankee flipper!

    Booo! Throw da bum out!

    Red coat – turn coat!

    Never again can he enter the hallowed
    ground of Yankee Stadium!

    The curse be upon him and his campiagn, now!

    Never trust a goul!

    Get a life, uh... I meant a wife, oh
    I forgot you already have done that several times!

    Your treachery will never be forgotton
    by this town!

    Cry in your beer, now Rudy every time you hear the song "New York, New York"
    the closest you can ever get, now to a Yankee game is you television set.

    How sad, how sad... you bad, bad boy,
    you had better go to confession now
    and ask forgiveness for your infidelities, if you can find a priest
    willing to hear them.

    You traitor!!!

    October 25, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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