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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio remains a big Red Sox fan

"You should never abandon the team you grew up with for any reason.’’

Bill de Blasio is a Red Sox fan.
Bill de Blasio is a Red Sox fan. –Stephen Maturen / Getty Images

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Bill de Blasio didn’t hide the fact he is a Red Sox fan when he ran for mayor of New York City in 2013.

“I was very upfront about it,’’ he said Saturday during a visit to JetBlue Park to see the Sox play the Baltimore Orioles. “The people were cool because they appreciated the honesty. I think real baseball fans understand you should never abandon the team you grew up with for any reason.’’

De Blasio won that election and was reelected in 2017. But he has yet to step foot in Yankee Stadium for a game since becoming mayor. As a Red Sox fan, he understands the passion of Yankees fans.