The former mayor of New York City is an avid and conspicuous Yankees fan.
SI: Would being baseball commissioner appeal to you?
Giuliani: I don't think so. I love the game, and I know it very well, but I don't know that I'd want to get involved on what would be a business basis. I'd worry that it would take away the mystique of this whole thing.
SI: Your mayoral aides often called you the Boss. Who gets that title when you and George Steinbrenner get together?
Giuliani: We've never figured that out. We've never worked for each other, so we haven't had to figure that out.
SI: Are major league team sports ready to have an openly gay player?
Giuliani: I'm sure they've had gay players. Sure, they are ready. Sports reflect the attitude and feelings of the American people, and the American people are tolerant. If you have a guy that can hit 40 or 50 home runs, I don't think people are going to worry about his sexual orientation. They are going to worry about his orientation to hit the ball over the fence.
SI: If you could experience the life of one athlete for a single day, who would that be?
Giuliani: Barry Zito. I wish I were a lefthanded pitcher in his 20s with a fastball and a curve like his.
SI: You're a former prosecutor. What's your take on Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame?