Though this blog avoids politics for the most part, this story by Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice reveals some seriously questionable decisions by one of the country’s most prominent politicians, one of New York’s icons, and one the Yankees’ biggest fans. Barrett details the saga of four World Series rings purchased by Rudolph Giuliani, along with a skeptical investigation of our former Mayor’s game-attending practices. The story uncovers an extremely suspect relationship between a fan/politician and the team he grew up rooting for, and concludes with details about how this tightness had some very serious financial ramifications for the Bombers and their new stadium endeavor. It’s a long story, followed up this week in another piece with response from Giuliani and others.
Like Giuliani or not (full disclosure: we don’t, at all), these investigative pieces are a telling view into the ethical morass that is big city politics and an indictment of the values of a presidential front-runner, someone who doesn’t seem to be able to clearly delineate being a fan from being a pawn, or who simply doesn’t care about drawing the line in any way. The Yankees, like many other franchises who treat the public interest as a collateral benefit trickling down from the profits of their own greed, did their best to take advantage of having a Mayor who loved the team, abusing this convenient relationship at the expense of New York City.