go to MSN.com
Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 8/21/13

Controversy has enveloped the New York City mayoral race, but this might be the most scandalous story to come out yet: Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio is a fan of the Boston Red Sox. With just 20 days until the primary, clearly this could be damaging to his campaign. Born in Manhattan, de Blasio was raised in Cambridge, Mass. and says he fell for the Sox at the age of six. Not only does he cheer for the Red Sox to this day, but sources told the New York Times that de Blasio has privately called the Yankees "overrated." This is serious. If you don't think so, why don't you ask this Yankees fan:   Kerry Cheeseboro, a manager at Dorrian’s Red Hand, a Yankees-leaning bar on the Upper East Side, said it would be difficult for many fans to come to terms with Mr. de Blasio’s feelings. "There’s no good outcome for him," Mr. Cheeseboro said. "It’s going to perturb a lot of people and raise questions about whether he is true to the city." Mr. Cheeseboro may have a point. Would a Cardinals fan ever be elected mayor of Chicago? Would a Giants fan have a chance in Los Angeles? Mets fans have a hard enough time getting elected in New York. How's a Red Sox fan supposed to make it? In a bit of damage control, de Blasio says he'd be "very happy to celebrate any New York sports team," and at the very least, he's being open about this affair (you know, unlike some other candidates in the race). He wouldn't even be the first mayor of New York to have ties to Massachusetts -- as the Times notes, current mayor Michael Bloomberg was raised in Medford, Mass. Even if this news turns some voters off, it appears de Blasio can count on the support of an organization of Sox fans who live in New York. In the end, though, Democrats in New York will have to decide which is the bigger offense -- sexting or rooting for the Red Sox. The primary is September 10. The Red Sox and Yankees square off just a few days later in a series starting September 13. [New York Times] [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Gronkowski family to appear on 'Family Feud'

WATCH: Lloyd McClendon has all-time meltdown

Drew Bledsoe defends Tom Brady over Deflategate

Did Heat offer Dwyane Wade less than $10 million per season?

David Ortiz brushes aside talk of being 'washed up'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USA Women’s World Cup roster verdict: No excuse not to win

UCF had no idea UConn was creating a rivalry trophy

Cam Newton signs five-year, $103M extension with Panthers

Devils introduce new head coach John Hynes

Report: Heat could make a run at Kevin Durant

Goodell denies request to recuse himself from Brady appeal

Russell Wilson on future with Seahawks: 'We'll see what happens'

QB Blake Sims misses playing for Alabama

WATCH: Joc Pederson hits longest home run of the season

WATCH: Joey Gallo homers in first career game

Former Mississippi State cheerleader suing ESPN after hit by golf cart

Jackson says Bills plan to give McCoy 300-plus carries

McCoy not happy Perryman played dodgeball while injured

College football playoff schedule for 2015: New Year's Eve?

How the Chicago Blackhawks are thriving in salary cap era

Report: Klay Thompson cleared for Game 1 of NBA Finals

Pettine views latest Manziel incident as a ‘non-story’

Nationals need Taylor to produce in Werth’s absence

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Gronkowski family to appear on 'Family Feud'

New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski and his family are reportedly going to film an episode of Family Feud this upcoming weekend. Gronk’s brother Chris, a former NFL fullback, broke the news during a radio spot on Tuesday. There are no reports yet as to when the episode will air. Whether the family arrives via Gronk’s party bus remains to be seen. That could certainly...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago

WATCH: Lloyd McClendon has all-time meltdown

Lloyd McClendon was ejected from the third inning of Tuesday’s Mariners-Yankees game, and the Seattle manager sure got his money’s worth while being run from the contest. Upset that the umpires ruled Alex Rodriguez checked his swing and did not go on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the third, catcher...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago

Drew Bledsoe defends Tom Brady over Deflategate

Once upon a time, some kid named Tom Brady stole Drew Bledsoe’s job. Now, 14 years later, the former New England Patriots quarterback is still defending him. Bledsoe spoke to NESN’s Michaela Vernava at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Mass., at a private dinner promoting his new wine, Doubleback. “It’s really kind of crazy because it’s being treated without any comment on...
Via NESN.com
2 hours ago

Did Heat offer Dwyane Wade less than $10 million per season?

Dwyane Wade has made financial sacrifices in the past, which have helped the Heat capture championships in 2012 and 2013. Most recently, Wade opted out of a contract last year that would have seen him make over $20 million this season and north of $21 million next season. He, then, signed a two-year deal that...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 hours ago

David Ortiz brushes aside talk of being 'washed up'

    This embed is invalid   " /> BOSTON — The obituary is written. The man’s career just won’t die.   David Ortiz’s future has been questioned several times in recent years, most notably in 2009, when the Red Sox slugger hit .185 with one homer and a .570 OPS through his first 46 games. Concerns are starting to percolate again, but Ortiz knows all...
Via NESN.com
4 hours ago

USA Women’s World Cup roster verdict: No excuse not to win

  The conditions are in place for the United States women’s national soccer team to win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.   Team USA’s roster has enough talent, experience and versatility to prevail against any of the 23 teams standing in the way of its first world championship since 1999. More important than these factors is their collective hunger to succeed...
Via NESN.com
5 hours ago

UCF had no idea UConn was creating a rivalry trophy

Perhaps desperate to start building the same sort of tradition with its football program that its basketball program is already steeped in, UConn recently created a trophy for its “rivalry” with Central Florida. UConn unveiled the trophy on Monday, which is has named the “Civil Conflict” trophy. Is it pathetic that two schools that have...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 hours ago

Cam Newton signs five-year, $103M extension with Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a five-year, $130.8 million extension with Cam Newton, according to various reports. Adam Schefter of ESPN notes that the deal includes $60 million guaranteed and will pay out $67.6 million in over the first three seasons, which is the most money paid to a player in a three-year span...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 hours ago

Devils introduce new head coach John Hynes

On Tuesday, June 2nd at 12pm, a press conference was held in Newark introducing John Hynes as the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils. The announcement is exciting news for the Devils organization as the front office is now set with Ray Shero as the general manager and John Hynes as the head coach. The process of rebuilding the organization can now continue to move forward and...
Via isportsweb.com
9 hours ago

Report: Heat could make a run at Kevin Durant

The Miami Heat may have to get creative to convince Dwyane Wade to play out the final year of his team-friendly contract, and promising to pursue the biggest name on the free agent market after next season would be a good place to start. Wade did the Heat a favor last summer by opting out...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.