Saturday, May 02, 2009

de Blasio For Mayor!

Crappy baseball night. I'm glad I missed most of this action, as Kim and I were at my nephew's birthday party.

So classic: Seven of New York City Councilmembers say they like both the Mets and Yanks. Fortunately, there are more Mets fans than Yankee fans overall in the City Council though. My favorite part of that article is this:

Then there is Bill de Blasio, an up-and-coming councilman from Park Slope, Brooklyn, now running for the citywide office of public advocate. Mr. de Blasio, who grew up in Cambridge, Mass., roots for the Boston Red Sox. And despite his ambitions, he is not shy about displaying his feelings.

Mr. de Blasio and Erik Martin Dilan of Bushwick, Brooklyn, have had a running bet for six years. If the Red Sox win the American League East division, Mr. Dilan buys Mr. de Blasio a steak at Peter Luger Steak-house. If the Yankees win, Mr. de Blasio buys the steak.

In 2004, when the Red Sox overcame a three-game deficit to the Yankees to earn a spot in the World Series, Mr. de Blasio took matters a step further: He required Mr. Dilan to wear a Red Sox cap at a Council meeting, rise and make a speech praising the Boston club.

Mr. de Blasio gloated, “He was very uncomfortable, but he honored the agreement.”

Mr. de Blasio, who is raising his children to be Red Sox fans, said that “everyone should be proud of whatever team they root for.” (He added that among New York teams, he has a soft spot for the Mets.)

Some of the worst knuckleheaded behavior among politicians I've ever seen involves sports teams (see Clinton, Hillary for example).

Good for Mr. de Blasio however...

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