New York mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to root for the Yankees?
New York mayor Bill de Blasio revealed it is “constitutionally impossible” impossible for him to cheer on the New York Yankees, even during their remarkable run through the postseason. Why? de Blasio is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, something that must be viewed as blasphemous by Yankees backers.
“The truth is called for in editorial board meetings,” de Blasio said. “I am a crazed, rabid baseball fan and Red Sox fan. It is constitutionally impossible to quote unquote root for the New York Yankees.”
The mayor grew up in Cambridge, Mass., but the notion that the leader of City Hall cheers for the hated Red Sox cannot sit well with his electorate.
And if the Yankees — who evened up the ALCS at two apiece with a victory Tuesday over the Houston Astros — make it to the World Series? de Blasio couldn’t bring himself to attend one game of the Fall Classic at Yankee Stadium, saying it would be “too weird.” Actually, de Blasio hasn’t even taken in a Yankees game during his entire term.
That doesn’t mean, however, that de Blasio cannot give credit where credit is due, albeit begrudgingly.
“I’ve watched the Yankee team this year, and they were not supposed to be here. They have really played above their level in the best sense of the word. I’ve been really impressed by them. They’ve been dogged,” de Blasio said. “I have a lot of respect for them. It’s hard for a Red Sox fan to say it, but I honestly have a lot of respect for them.”
Despite de Blasio’s Red Sox fandom, he insists the Yankees will rightfully earn all the accolades, pomp and circumstance afforded a world championship.
“If they win, it will be my honor as mayor and as a true baseball fan — because if they win, they will have 100% earned it,” de Blasio said, adding the Yankees will “get the key (to the city), they’ll get the parade, they’ll get the confetti.”
“I will bow before them,” de Blasio added.