Growing up a die-hard baseball fan, you instinctively hate the Yankees. It’s not even something that needs to be taught. You just watch a few major league games, and you realize how those pinstripes have come to embody everything that is evil in this world. My Yankee hatred was ratcheted up tenfold when Pedro Martinez’s brilliance made me a Boston Red Sox fan, and I didn’t think there was anything that could ever happen to make me like this contingent of Steinbrenner acolytes. Well folks, a thing happened.
Rudy Giuliani just wanted to take a day out of his exhausting routine of ranting and raving like a lunatic to celebrate his beloved Yankees in the city that made him a national figure. Instead, he was treated with a Bronx cheer that reminded everyone how much New York City despises its former favored son. It’s quite remarkable how far Giuliani has fallen. In 1997, he became the first Republican since 1941 to win a second term as New York City Mayor. In 2006, Giuliani was America’s most popular politician, and looked to be a lock to win the Republican presidential nomination.
Now? He can’t even go to his beloved Yankee Stadium without being made into a pariah for all on the internet to see. The heroic post-9/11 image of America’s Mayor has been replaced by a shrieking madman doddering across the land of Fox News, admitting to crimes on the president’s behalf. Everything I was taught to believe about the New York Yankees has been repudiated in that short clip above, and now I must consider the unthinkable: the Yankees are good now.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.