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11/05/2001 12:19 PM ET
Q & A with Rudy Giuliani
By Heather Reader
Left Field PHOENIX -- In the last two days alone, New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has given new meaning to the old saying, "Places to go, people to see, things to do."

After chaperoning about 25 NYPD and FDNY family members who lost loved ones in the September 11th attacks in New York to Game 6, Giuliani flew back to the Big Apple last night to start the New York City marathon Sunday morning, before hopping another flight back to the Valley of the Sun.

Sitting next to his son Andrew in the front row by the Yankees dugout, Giuliani draped his arms over the railing, wringing his hands like an expectant father, although Sunday proved to be false labor for the Yankees. They will have to wait at least another year for their 27th World Series crown.

Having ventured out of New York just twice since the attacks -- both for trips to Washington D.C. -- the trek not only gave the mayor a chance to provide a respite for the victims' families, it also gave him the opportunity to express his gratitude to the state of Arizona.

"It gave me a chance to say thank you to the people of Arizona and their firefighters and policemen and search and rescue teams, who all came out and helped us. We owe them a great deal," Giuliani said during the game. "If you put baseball aside, there is a great friendship between the people of New York and the people of Arizona. As soon as the World Series is over with, we'll go back to being very good friends."

A die-hard Yankee fan, Giuliani multitasked for a bit of the intense game to answer a few of our burning questions.

With all this cross-country traveling the past couple of days, do you feel like you ran a marathon too?
Nah, it's easy for me. The people that ran the marathon and the people that have to play in this very tense game are the ones who are really under pressure. Being a New Yorker, it's really enjoyable seeing the city out and running and seeing so many enjoyable things happen. The marathon with over 30,000 participants and 2 million people watching it on the streets and 40 million watching it on television and now, New York's favorite team, the Yankees, playing in the seventh game of the World Series. It's all great for the spirit of the city and as the mayor, I'm very appreciative of everything happening.

Any prediction for this game?
Oh sure, the Yankees of course. All my life I've predicted the Yankees. But this is a great, great game with two great pitchers in a great World Series -- probably one of the most exciting in a long, long time.

Do you prefer good pitching and solid defense or an offensive explosion?
I always like a defensive game because I think you see a lot more of the strategy of baseball when you have a close game -- a pitcher's duel -- where one run really counts and you have to figure out how to get that one run.

Do you ever think to yourself, "You know, the Yankees have more championships than God. Maybe they should share the wealth this year?"
The Yankees can never have enough. And this year they really need it and they have worked very hard to come from behind, so we think they're destiny's team. But then of course you get down to the seventh game of the World Series for us to find out.

What's your favorite Yankee memory?
I have so many good ones. I was there when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run at Yankee Stadium. I was there when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs to win the 1977 World Series. I was there in 1996 when we beat the Atlanta Braves and won the Series in six games after being down two. So I've been to a lot of good Yankee games. I was there when David Cone pitched his perfect game, so I have a lot of great Yankee memories. I'd like just one more.

But I'd bet you'd say that next year if they win it tonight.
I'll probably say it every year.

What from the BOB would you like to take back to Yankee Stadium -- the fresh fruit, warm weather, edible nachos?
[Laughs] I'd like to take back the 2001 World Championship.

What's the last piece of Yankee apparel that you yourself purchased and when?
I think that would be a Yankee T-shirt this summer.

If you could be any Yankee on the current team, who would you like to be?
I'd like to be Jorge Posada. I always wanted to be Yogi Berra when I was growing up. I like catching. It seems to keep you in the game. You have to keep up with everything that's going on, you have to know the hitters on the other side. I think the job is the most interesting one in baseball.

What's your favorite Yogi-ism?
"It ain't over 'til it's over," which I think the Yankees proved in at least two dramatic games this year. Or, there's always "deja vu all over again," which described the fifth game of this series.

Did you place any friendly wagers on the series with Arizona politicians?
I did. I have one with Senator McCain and Mayor Rimsza and Senator Kyl. I have a lot of bets going on. There's a horse, golf -- all kinds of things.

Where are you going to keep a horse in New York?
We're going to donate it to the Imus Ranch.

Heather Reader is covering the World Series for She has never made a wager with a politician -- yet .