It is the curse of the Blas-bino.
With the Yankees being knocked out of the playoffs Tuesday by their beloved Boston Red Sox, Mayor de Blasio has secured a dubious distinction: the first mayor of New York City in more than a century not to hold a single championship in any. of Gotham’s major sports. equipment.
The 14 previous mayors of the Big Apple over the past 100 years saw at least one of the 49 NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL titles won by city teams during that period.
An eight-year curse began once the New England native reached City Hall in 2014 and began openly using his mayor’s pulpit to speak out about his unabashed love for the Red Sox and New England Patriots. The last New York champions were the Giants, who won the Super Bowl in 2012.
While New York sports fans were excluded during his tenure, the mayor was able to enjoy Tom Brady leading the Patriots to three more Super Bowls and the Red Sox winning another championship in 2018.
The good news: the mayor’s bad mood could end de Blasio’s departure at the end of the year.
“There’s no question about it,” enraged Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate in this year’s mayoral race. “New York needs to get it back to Boston, in the same way that Yankees fans used to throw the ball every time. [ex-Red Sox slugger] Manny Ramirez homered into the left field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. “
But things could get worse. With De Blasio flirting with the idea of running for governor next year, New York teams in other parts of the state – Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabers and New York Islanders – could suffer under the Blas-bino Curse.
Of the city’s mayors in the past 100 years, Fiorello La Guardia saw the most championships with 9, Robert Wagner Jr. was second with 7, and Yankees superfan Rudy Giuliani third with 5. Even Joseph V McKee, who only served as interim mayor for just four months in late 1932, was in office long enough to celebrate a Yankees World Series title that season.
While de Blasio openly cheers on the Mets, despite Amazin’s miraculous victory over the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series, the notorious Yankees hater has refused to set foot in Yankees Stadium to see the Los Angeles. Bronx Bombers play as mayor, briefly setting aside their fandom in February to perform at an event there announcing that the stadium will be designated as a mass vaccination site for COVID-19.
However, he has found plenty of time during his busy schedule as mayor to fly up and watch his Red Sox play, whether he is heading to Florida to watch spring training games or having taxpayers pay the bill for his team of security be with you. when he watched the Sox play the Angels in 2019 while in Los Angeles in the midst of his failed presidential bid.
Councilman Bill Holden (D-Queens) said the city’s poor record in professional sports is just another foul against “Blasio’s Air Ball,” adding that “thank goodness this is the last season.” the Big Apple will suffer.
“From public safety to our economy, Bill de Blasio has always been on the move,” he said. Everything fails around De Blasio, even our sports teams ”.
De Blasio’s spokesman, Mitch Schwartz, said the City Council still has “faith” that teams that start their new seasons before the mayor leaves office, including the Knicks and Nets, will win it all, although any championship and ticker parades will be held in 2022 under De Blasio’s successor.
“All of these teams will have started their seasons in a city run by Mayor de Blasio, a mayor who, among other things, has given these teams an advantage by implementing nation-leading COVID-19 security measures such as Key to NYC, “he said.
Mayor / Time in office / Total championships
Bill de Blasio / 2014-2021 / 0
Michael Bloomberg / 2002-2013 / 3 (Giants of 2008, 2012; Yankees of 2009)
Rudy Giuliani / 1994-2001 / 5 (1994 Rangers; 1996 and 1998-2000 Yankees)
David Dinkins / 1990-1993 / 1 (Giants of 1991)
Ed Koch / 1978-1989 / 3 (1978 Yankees; 1986 Mets; 1987 Giants)
Abe Beame / 1974-1977 / 1 (1977 Yankees)
John Lindsay / 1966-1973 / 4 (1969 Jets; 1969 Mets; 1970 and 1973 Knicks)
Robert Wagner Jr./1954-1965/ 7 (1954 MLB Giants; 1955 Dodgers; 1956 NFL Giants; 1956, 1958, and 1961-1962 Yankees)
Vincent Imperllitteri / 1950-1953 / 4 (1950-1953 Yankees)
William O’Dwyer / 1946-1950 / 2 (1947 and 1949 Yankees)
Fiorello La Guardia / 1934-1945 / 9 (NFL Giants of 1934 and 1938; Yankees of 1936-1939, 1941 and 1943; Rangers of 1940)
John P O’Brien / 1933 / 2 (1933 MLB Giants, 1933 Rangers)
Joseph V. McKee / 1932 / 1 (1932 Yankees)
Jimmy Walker 1926-1932) 4 (1927 NFL Giants, 1927-1928 Yankees, 1928 Rangers)
John Hylan (1918-1925) 3 (MLB Giants 1921-1922, Yankees 1923)