July 20th, 2008
04:39 PM ET
13 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.

Filed under: John McCain • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Aw c'mon......

    Aw c'mon, Rudy. Be a good sport.

    You're certainly not any more experienced or ready yourself. Notice you are not in the final contest coming up.

    Move on and be a good sport about it.

    Obama is going to be the best president we've ever had!

    July 20, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. what are you thinking?

    “I really am a big sports nut because I was a mediocre high school athlete.”
    the two words that best describe McCain..."nut" and "mediocre" from the horses mouth, there you go.

    July 20, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. mmm

    MCCAIN 2008 CLINTON 2012 2016 ,

    July 20, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Miguel Rivera

    George W. Bush killed the value of having "experience" for every future Presidential candidate with the job he's done in the past 8 years.

    July 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. EJ in Texas

    we supposedly had "experience" in the White House for the past 8 years and it was the WORST experience of my life. Maybe it's time to try another route.

    July 20, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. NO WAY !!!

    Stop Sucking up Rudy--you will not be McCain VP
    By the way how long did you last in the PRIMARY?

    Giuliani Old Cheshire CAT GRIN!!!

    July 20, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Bulldog

    McCain has the worst grades from top military veteran groups.

    — Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

    – Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

    – In a list of “Key Votes,” Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain “Voted Against Us” 15 times and “Voted For Us” only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

    July 20, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Bulldog

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. Next thing you know the sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable and Bush has given in but would rather call it a "time horizon".

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants. Now they are doing the same with Iran.

    Obama has been saying Afganistan needs more troops and equipment for a year now while McCain barely mentioned it. Obama makes a big speech about it and McCain follows Obama's coattails and states what Obama has been saying all along.

    They can try to "SPIN" it all they want but Obama has been right in National Security and Foreign Affairs after all while John McCain has been wrong and many issues he's supposed to be so experienced on.

    July 20, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Texun

    Like McCain, I'd be happier if he were in the minor leagues!

    July 20, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    McShame spouting his ignorance on foreign policy just makes me feel sorry for this guy....every day his spin central continue to spiral out of control with no-new talking points. the mcsame campaign and his republican cohorts are running out of gas and it surely shows that their "whining" is making a lot of americans suffer from "mental depression" coupled with their failed antiquated economic policies.

    what's next for McBush to run on as Obama continues to trounce him on his own turf..........having the judgement to lead america on foreign poilcy!!!!

    McSame is clearly getting desperate–isn't it interesting how all he spouts is how WRONG Obama is without offering alternatives?

    Oh, I forgot he is Mcsenile................................

    July 20, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. mombo

    Giuliani is a loser

    July 20, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. ex republican

    Look how old Mccain's arms look!!!

    July 20, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Frank

    Is the poor man feeling in over his head?

    Being elected from a one-party backwater state like Arizona will do that to a person.

    So will being so far out of it that you don't know your Sunni from your Shia and so far behind the curve that you're still worried about Czechoslovakia.

    July 20, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. BJGT

    Such a busy, busy weekend for an old man – first the Hamptons and then a ball- game – better get a good nap so he won't start out the week with major gaffes!

    July 20, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. ran

    the two of them alone is reason enough for everyone to vote democratic. people open yor eyes and ears we need change NOW.

    July 20, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. ex republican

    Does McCane EVER work? or campaign?

    July 20, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. The Phenomenon

    McCain again trying to show American citizens at how he can relate to them. He's trying to show he's an ordinary man and could relate to what an average American could relate to just as his wife – car racing and baseball.

    July 20, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Mike

    In this photo. McBush is clutching his Heart. Is this the big one?

    July 20, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. JonRoss

    I wonder if Obama has ever been to a major league baseball game. I am guessing not.

    July 20, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Josie Everett

    Oh look a picture of grandpa at a ball game!

    July 20, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Denise

    Eww....them together is nauseating.

    July 20, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Wisconsin


    God forbid we here Giuliani talk and not hear about 9-11!

    July 20, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Charles

    Wishful thinking. Mr. Obama's trip actually shows a clear, competent and reasoned man who makes this country look strong again. He is thoughtful, intelligent and physically stature. I would say he makes the United States look sane, multicultural, and smart, something many foreign leaders will respect and welcome. Does he have the experience necessary to run our country and its foreign policy? Well, if experience is measured by being a competent and intelligent gentlemen, then he has all the experience I suspect he needs. If it means the experience that has put America on the wrong track, then I guess he is inexperienced in messing things up. All in all, he is the right man, at the right time, to redeem our greatness and stature in the world.

    July 20, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Lana

    McCain seems to think that you only work during the week and probably thinks that's what the Presidency will be like.

    Think again John. You have to be the President 24/7, 365 days of the year.

    Could you handle that? If you can't, then get out of the water.

    Obama 08

    July 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Montana is Obama Country

    ....... Why don't you wear a FLAG PIN...McCain..????

    July 20, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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