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De Blasio's Red Sox Fandom Impresses Boston Residents

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There's at least one New Yorker celebrating the Red Sox World Series win, and he just may be the city's next mayor. Earlier this month, NY1's Grace Rauh went up to Boston to talk to Red Sox fans about how one of their own could wind up in Gracie Mansion. She filed the following report.

BOSTON - Not only is Bill de Blasio enjoying a huge lead in the polls in the race for mayor, but his favorite baseball team - the Red Sox - just won the World Series.

"It was something very special last night, and I was very proud of the team I root for," de Blasio said.

Yes, you heard that right. de Blasio is a Red Sox fan, a big one. He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has always stayed loyal to the team of his youth.

"I'd never renounce my allegiance to the team I grew up with," he said on August 27.

He insists, however, that he would be happy for any New York team that wins the World Series, even if they aren't his favorite one.

"If the Mets win or the Yankees win, I'd be happy to celebrate," de Blasio said on October 20.

Outside Fenway Park in Boston, Red Sox fans expressed joy and disbelief when told that the man who may be the next mayor of New York is rooting for their team.

"That's awesome," said one person. "To have a fan in the heart of New York, it's ridiculous."

"Maybe he can sabotage some stuff that's going on at Yankee Stadium for us on the sly," said another.

One man NY1 spoke suggested that Red Sox fans were doing New Yorkers a favor by sending one of their own to try and run the city.

"The Yankees aren't doing so well. The Giants and Jets aren't doing so well. I guess it's the right thing to do," the man said.

Of course, de Blasio is not only a Red Sox fan. He roots for the Celtics and the Patriots as well.

"Sounds like a good guy to me," said one person.

It is hard to imagine a similar scenario playing out in Boston. A Yankees fan would never become mayor there, NY1 was told.

"We are very stubborn people. We would never happen here," said one person.

"Personally, I would not vote for a Yankees fan, just on the basis of my team affiliation," said another.

Luckily for de Blasio, New Yorkers seem to be much more forgiving. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP