It’s the curse of the Blas-bino.
With the Yankees being knocked out of the playoffs Tuesday by his beloved Boston Red Sox, Mayor de Blasio has clinched a doubtful distinction: New York City’s first mayor in additional than a century who received’t have fun a single championship by any of Gotham’s main sports activities groups.
The Big Apple’s earlier 14 mayors over the previous 100 years noticed not less than one of many 49 NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL titles earned by metropolis groups over that interval.
An eight-year-long jinx began as soon as the native New Englander arrived at City Hall in 2014 and brazenly started utilizing his mayoral pulpit to gush about his unabashed love for the Red Sox and New England Patriots. The final NYC champs had been the Giants, who received the Super Bowl in 2012.
While New York sports activities followers had been shut out throughout his tenure, the mayor acquired to take pleasure in Tom Brady main the Patriots to a few extra Super Bowls and the Red Sox profitable one other championship in 2018.
The excellent news: the unhealthy mayoral mojo may finish with de Blasio leaving workplace on the finish of the yr.
“There is no doubt about it,” fumed Curtis Sliwa, the Republican nominee on this yr’s mayoral race. “New York needs to throw him back to Boston — the same way Yankee fans used to throw the ball back whenever [ex-Red Sox slugger] Manny Ramirez hit a home run into the left-field stands at Yankee Stadium.”
But issues might worsen. With de Blasio flirting with the thought of working for governor subsequent yr, New York groups in different elements of the state — the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders – might endure below the Curse of the Blas-bino.
Out of the town’s mayors the previous 100 years, Fiorello La Guardia noticed essentially 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 solely served as interim mayor a mere 4 months on the finish of 1932, was in workplace lengthy sufficient to have fun a Yankees World Series title that season.
While de Blasio brazenly cheers on the Mets – regardless of the Amazin’s miraculous win over the Red Sox within the 1986 World Series – the infamous Yankees hater has refused to step foot in Yankees Stadium to look at the Bronx Bombers play as mayor, solely briefly setting apart his fandom in February to indicate up at an occasion there asserting the stadium being designated a COVID-19 mass vaccination web site.
Yet he’s discovered loads of time throughout his busy schedule as mayor to fly off and watch his Red Sox play — whether or not it was heading to Florida to take a look at spring coaching video games or having taxpayers decide up the tab for his safety element to tag together with him when he watched the Sox play the Angels in 2019 whereas he was in Los Angeles amid his failed presidential bid.
Councilman Bill Holden (D-Queens) mentioned the town’s poor document in professional sports activities is simply one other foul in opposition to “Air Ball de Blasio,” including “thank goodness this is the last season” Big Apple groups will endure.
“From public safety to our economy, Bill de Blasio has consistently struck out,” he mentioned. Everything fails round de Blasio, even our sports activities groups.”
De Blasio spokesman Mitch Schwartz mentioned the City Hall continues to be protecting “the faith” that groups who start their new seasons earlier than the mayor leaves workplace, together with the Knicks and Nets, will win all of it — regardless that any championships and ticker-tape parades can be celebrated in 2022 below de Blasio’s successor.
“These teams will all have started their seasons in a city led by Mayor de Blasio – a mayor who, among other things, has given these teams a leg up by implementing nation-leading COVID-19 safety measures like the Key to NYC,” he mentioned.
Mayor/Time in Office/Total Championships
Bill de Blasio/2014-2021/ 0
Michael Bloomberg/2002-2013/ 3 (2008, 2012 Giants; 2009 Yankees)
Rudy Giuliani/1994-2001/ 5 (1994 Rangers; 1996 & 1998-2000 Yankees)
David Dinkins/1990-1993/ 1 (1991 Giants)
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 & 1973 Knicks)
Robert Wagner Jr./1954-1965/ 7 (1954 MLB Giants; 1955 Dodgers; 1956 NFL Giants; 1956, 1958 & 1961-1962 Yankees)
Vincent Imperllitteri/1950-1953/ 4 (1950-1953 Yankees)
William O’Dwyer/1946-1950/ 2 (1947 &1949 Yankees)
Fiorello La Guardia/1934-1945/ 9 (1934 & 1938 NFL Giants; 1936-1939, 1941 & 1943 Yankees; 1940 Rangers)
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 (1921-1922 MLB Giants, 1923 Yankees)