May 9, 2007


The Yankees' Clean-Up Man: Giuliani Went to Bat for the Yanks, and Look What He Scored. (Wayne Barrett, 5/09/07, Village Voice)

The greatest love affair of Rudy Giuliani's life has become a sordid scandal.

His monogamous embrace of the Yankees as mayor was so fervent that when he tried to deliver a West Side stadium to them early in his administration, or approved a last-minute $400 million subsidy for their new Bronx stadium, New Yorkers blithely ascribed the bad deals to a heaving heart.

It turns out he also had an outstretched hand.

Sports fans grew accustomed to seeing Giuliani, in Yankee jacket and cap, within camera view of the team's dugout at every one of the 40 postseason home games the Yankees played while he was mayor. His devotion reached such heights that at the 1995 Inner Circle press dinner, he played himself handing the city over to George Steinbrenner in a lampoon version of the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, succumbing to a scantily clad Lola who importuned him on behalf of the Boss to the tune of "Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)." Mike Bloomberg understood years later that the song was no joke; he nixed Rudy's stadium deal in his first weeks in office.

It is only now, however, as Giuliani campaigns for president, that we are beginning to learn that this relationship went even deeper. Giuliani has been seen on the campaign trail wearing a World Series ring, a valuable prize we never knew he had. Indeed, the Yankees have told the Voice that he has four rings, one for every world championship the Yankees won while he was mayor. Voice calls to other cities whose teams won the Series in the past decade have determined that Giuliani is the only mayor with a ring, much less four. If it sounds innocent, wait for the price tag. These are certainly no Canal Street cubic zirconia knockoffs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2007 10:33 PM

He'd better never let Pooty-Poot try one on, he'd never get it back.....

Posted by: Sandy P at May 9, 2007 11:34 PM

What a silly article. Particularly since Bloomberg ok'd a massive stadium deal himself, one that the Voice has been attacking since day one.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 10, 2007 8:08 AM

I thought it was good to be king???

Posted by: Rick T. at May 10, 2007 8:10 AM

Because we should always believe the Village Voice when it comes to Rudy Giuliani.

Posted by: Lisa at May 10, 2007 9:22 AM

Bloomberg won't be the nominee either.

Posted by: oj at May 10, 2007 11:01 AM

That's not the point. It's absurd to suggest that there was some sort of bribe involved as the Voice does.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 10, 2007 11:03 AM