U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) got the equivalent of the Bronx cheer at Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening.
Cruz, who had a sweet seat in the second row behind the home plate, supposedly left the MLB game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees early, although the exact inning is subject to some debate.
As he was leaving his seat to a chorus of boos, one non-fan shouted that he was a ‘racist piece of s—t” among other terms of endearment.
Other Yankee fans flipped him the bird as he amiably waved goodbye, with what appears might be a security escort of some kind.
Despite the negative atmospherics in the Bronx venue, one apparently bold individual in an Aaron Judge jersey — who may or may not have shared the crowd’s disdain for the GOP politician — even got a selfie with Astros fan Cruz.
The senator, who is up for reelection in 2024, also shook hands and took pics with some other baseball fans.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) October 24, 2022
Ted Cruz getting out of Yankee Stadium was a beautiful moment for New York pic.twitter.com/hu1ovitRj1
— The Levine Machine (@Eitanthegoalie) October 24, 2022
There is some chatter that Cruz left in the middle of the sixth inning, although that may be inaccurate.
The Yankees scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth, but Houston got two in the top of the seventh, on the way to defeating the Yankees in a four-game sweep in the American League Championship Series.
In so doing, the Astros — who are headed again to the World Series against the NL-winning Philadelphia Phillies — did the sports world (not including TV networks and advertisers perhaps) a solid by eliminating the Bronx Bombers from playoff contention, a team also known by probably everyone outside the NYC area as the “Evil Empire.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 24, 2022
The latter irreverent nickname refers to the Yankees’ penchant over the years for trying to buy titles by outbidding other teams for expensive free agents.
It remains to be seen if they can sign American League regular season homerun king Judge to a new deal, however, although the chances of that seem good.
— Jesse Angelo (@jessemangelo) October 24, 2022
Although Twitter is engaging in a lot of anti-Cruz triumphalism over these images (*warning for language), and granted NYC is a ultra-liberal enclave, sports fans, in general, often can get feisty or raucous for whatever reason or reasons, especially after ingesting a beer or two.
Separately, there was also an odd sequence when Astros fan Cruz appeared to applaud when Yankees starter Nestor Cortes struck out Houston second baseman Jose Altuve.
From the video clips embedded here, it appeared that only a couple of Yankees fans actually shouted epithets, but as you would expect, left-wing Twitter is running with it, and there is seemingly not a lot of love for the lawmaker on the social media platform.
Cruz himself is playfully taking it all in, though.
Ahh. New Yorkers. Always crystal clear about how they feel. https://t.co/E7ljsDIqvB
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 24, 2022
This Red Sox fan will say this just this ONE time. God I love Yankee fans.
— Kelly Shand M.S. PGDip. (@bookgirl33) October 24, 2022
None of us Astros fans claim or even accept him
— Aubrey Fitzhenry (@knaubrey) October 24, 2022
Completely on brand for both Cruz and the great people of The Bronx.
— Eric Ortner (@eortner) October 24, 2022
“You f*king loser. Racist piece of s*t. Go back to Cancun” – Gotta love it. Thank you to whomever showed him w the deserved love
— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) October 24, 2022
Can’t stand phony Ted Cruz, but he didn’t leave the game in the top of the 6th. The photo below is after Yankee homer in bottom of the 6th. He’s still there now in top of the 7th. pic.twitter.com/emJbsmcFDO
— Don Lewis (@DonLew87) October 24, 2022
As someone else said, hatred for Ted Cruz can bring anyone together.
— Rob (@angrypooka) October 24, 2022
Mets fan here feeling appreciation for & pride in these Yankees fans. Thanks for showing Ted Cruz exactly how we feel about him in nyc.
— KareBearScare (@KareBearScare) October 24, 2022
Us Astros fans and Yankees fans don’t see eye to eye much, but I appreciate the hell out of this and agree wholeheartedly. Respect.
— MJ 🍷 (@HeyMistyJ) October 24, 2022
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 24, 2022
To make his New York City visit even more challenging, Ted Cruz — who has authored a new book called “Justice Corrupted: How the Left Weaponized Our Legal System” — sat in on “The View” on Monday, where he was heckled at times from the audience.
He managed to get in many good points across, despite constant interruptions from the overmatched mean girls at the table.
Cruz: "[Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams] sat here and said [their elections] were illegitimate and you guys were fine with it."
Whoopi: "And it was!"
Cruz: "So it's illegitimate when Republicans win but not Democrats?" pic.twitter.com/KgdBKitEv6
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 24, 2022
On Monday morning, a good-natured Sen. Cruz, like him or not, told TMZ that “it was an awesome game, it was spectacular, and I appreciated the great New York hospitality.”
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