July 20th, 2008
04:39 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: From Double A to Yankee Stadium

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NEW YORK (CNN) – Standing at home plate in the House that Ruth Built, John McCain put running for president in perspective: “It is like being in Double A and then all of a sudden you’re in Yankee Stadium.”

McCain attended Sunday’s Yankees-A’s game with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Before the game, the two went down on the field signing autographs posing for pictures and chatting with New York manager Joe Girardi and Oakland skipper Bob Geren.

The GOP presidential candidate wore his blue Navy hat, while Giuliani sported the traditional Yankee NY cap. They talked sports with the managers, with McCain telling them, “I really am a big sports nut because I was a mediocre high school athlete.”

Before settling in to watch the game, they toured the legendary Monument Park in left center field, with tributes to the greatest Yankee players.

McCain, an Arizona Diamondbacks fan, talked of watching his team in the 2001 World Series against Yankees with Giuliani, just a month after the 9-11 attacks. He often tells the story on the trail of being moved by the cheers Giuliani received from fans.

He told the YES Network as he sat in the Yankees dugout “it was an emotional time," saying, “I’ll never forget it as long as I live. Such an incredible time in our history.”

Giuliani told reporters before the game, “we have great memories, and very, very difficult memories of that period of time... Then I went out to Arizona with him for two games, and it was a very emotional World Series, that particular one. He's a good friend. We've also been to the Fiesta Bowl together, and I've gone to sporting events with John throughout the years. So, it's a little different now that he's a presidential candidate, but it's the same John McCain."

Asked whether runs for vice president or New York Governor might be in his future, Giuliani said, "I'm not thinking about any of those things. I'm thinking just about – I know you are! You have a right to think about it. And I have a right not to think about it because we've got an election right now to think about and get it done right."

McCain flew to Portland, Maine after the game where he has campaign events Monday.

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    McCain is very presidential looking don't you think? He acts like a president and he certainly will get my vote. Yes sireee.

    Obama can go back to his non voting, senate seat and continue to not support his home state of Illinois. I think he is doing Illinois a dis-servce by screwing the residents with this three year run for the roses.

    Le Chat pas fume

    July 20, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Nice to see McCain having a day of relaxing and not attacking Obama.

    Obama 2008-2016

    July 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Rice

    McCains campaign is imploding and you find it important to show him at a baseball game? Unbelievable

    July 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Alan Boyer

    funny how McCain continues to hang out with other losers.

    July 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    go figure,, these two are friends,, so mccain prompted rudy into sayin negative things (again) about obama,, mccain?? stop having others do your dirty work,,,,,, get on with the issues,,, go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Ken

    Why do we get nothing but fluff story on McCain from CNN? Is the BBQ that good? Or maybe CNN has been taken in by all of McCain's mavericky goodness!

    July 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Since the collective experience of the Republicans Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, McCain, and Giuliani has amounted to nothing, time for a change. Wasn't it the Republicans whose infinite wisdom put forces in Iraq to find nonexistent nuclear bombs rather than stay in Afghanistan to find 9/11 terrorists? The Republicans' lack of experience is priceless; the cost to America in lives and money–shameful.

    July 20, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. ken

    No 1 movie...................... country for Old men!

    July 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. jackson NY

    get the quote out of moderation already !

    July 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    Gotta play that 9/11 card. Well, no big surprise there since that seems to be one of the few cards he can remember.

    July 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Sal D. NY

    This country doesn't need a lightweight for a president,
    Not now – Not Ever


    July 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Mike D

    i like how Obama is in Afghanistan, meeting with the prime minister, and the only CNN report is a picture of him saying "Why all the Obama buzz?" While John McCain goes to a yankees game, and has TWO articles praising McCain and Giuliani's talking points against Obama.

    July 20, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Obama Nation

    That's nice, one candidate is traveling inside the Terrorist hug of the world and meeting the leaders there while the other is at Yankee standium taking time off.

    Maybe McCain will follow is Bush's tracks and break his record for most vacation days taken while being preseident.

    July 20, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. Crush Rush

    Its a wonder either of them remember anything.

    July 20, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. GO AWAY!!!

    John McCain, standing by Oakland Athletics' manager Bob Geren, takes a break from the trail for baseball...........PHOTO OP
    that won't help you any HOG JAW!!!

    July 20, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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