As a New Yorker (for 20 years now), a Mets fan (36 years), and an American (43 years), it’s hard to overstate how much I detest Rudolph Giuliani, a man who turned my city into a characterless police state, wants to do the same to my country, and has always — always — treated my team like second-class citizens. Giuliani was born in Brooklyn while the Dodgers were still there, so you’d think he’d have at least a bit of a National League identity. But he’s always embraced the Yankees, and has draped himself with as much of their gear as possible. The guy’s like a one-man Yankees merchandising bonanza. Google “Giuliani Yankees” and you come up with dozens of photos like this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this (how did he get the New Jersey Devils to wear Yankees jackets while posing with the Stanley Cup?). Google “Giuliani Mets,” meanwhile, and you get this. Fucker. It’s no coincidence that Giuliani’s political style is characterized by the same kind of bullying, jingoistic arrogance found in so many Yankees fans. Yes, that’s a very broad generalization (Miles, if you’re reading this, you know I don’t mean you). But if you live in New York, no matter who you root for or who you vote for, you know it’s true.
So I was more than a little intrigued when Newsday ran a photo from Giuliani’s Little League days on its front page yesterday. It’s just about the most delicious image I could ever have imagined — check it out.
I give Rudy props for the striped stirrups, but whatever — just the sight of him in a Red Sox uni, even a Little League version, is too rich for words. The irony certainly wasn’t lost on Newsday‘s John Riley, whose article about the oft-overlooked Long Island-based portion of Giuliani’s youth began as follows: “Rudolph Giuliani says he’s a Yankees guy, and says he has been a Yankees guy for life. But a half-century-old picture in an aging souvenir program from the Garden City South Little League says different.”
Indeed. The Little League chapter in question has been trying to get Giuliani to attend their opening day parade for two years running, but he’s declined their invitations. The party line is that he’s been too busy campaigning and such, but I think he’s embarrassed by that photo of himself in a Red Sox uniform. C’mon, Rudy, lighten up — have yourself a Fenway Frank and sing us a round of “Sweet Caroline.” Once you get comfortable with that, we’ll get you fitted for some Mets gear. Can’t possibly look worse than some of those other outfits you’ve worn.
Raffle Reminder: Speaking of Mets gear, in case you missed it yesterday, I’m giving away an authentic David Wright BP jersey (front, back). No purchase necessary — just send an e-mail (one entry per person) to uniraffle at earthlink dot net by Friday evening, 9 p.m. eastern. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Latest round of 42ers for this Sunday: Robinson CanÃ³, Derek Jeter, and Joe Torre, and the entire Phillies, Astros, and Brewers teams. Since Houston and Philly are playing each other on Sunday, and the Brew Crew will be playing the Cardinals, who had previously announced that they’d be fielding an all-42er team, every single player on the field in those two games will be forty-deuced. ”¦ Hahahahahahaha. ”¦ Speaking of GOP Presidential candidates: “This photo of John McCain is from April 2, 2007,” writes Anthony Pellegrino. “I know he might be a little preoccupied with his public duties and the campaign, but you’d think that the Senator from Arizona would have the current cap of his home-state team.” ”¦ This just in: John Rocker will be throwing out the first pitch at Sunday’s all-42er Cards/Brewers game. ”¦ Nice bit here about Doug Mientkiewicz’s helmet. ”¦ More logo legalisms. ”¦ Okay, I made up the bit about John Rocker. It’ll actually be Don Imus. ”¦ Texas A&M wore some odd alternate unis the other day — weird to see the team logo on the right side and the number on the left, instead of the other way around. Way too meshy, too. “Looks more like a BP jersey,” says Glenn Stern, who sent the photos my way. ”¦ There’s been a lot of chatter lately about Islanders goalie Wade Dubielewicz’s mask. You can see a good breakdown of all of its graphic elements here. ”¦ In conjunction with the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, the always excellent No Mas blog is running a little series of movie reviews called “The Best Sports Movies You’ve Never Seen.” I wrote the first installment, which you can see here.