Sherrod Brown’s Red Sox claim one of 2011’s big hits

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Sherrod Brown’s Red Sox claim one of 2011’s big hits

PolitiFact Ohio – Politics and policy were the scheduled topics when Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Aug. 4, 2011.

In a startling example of ambush television, however, the segment opened with a report about the Boston Red Sox beating the Cleveland Indians the night before — much to the delight of host Joe Scarborough and political analyst Mike Barnicle, who once wrote in the Boston Globe, “Baseball isn’t a life-and-death matter, but the Red Sox are.”

…Brown, unfazed, made a pitch for the Tribe: “They’re a young team that’s going to be good in the years ahead, and I will gloat a couple of years from now… as you gloat today, Mr. Barnicle.”

Then he threw a hard curve.

“Rooting for the Red Sox is like rooting for the drug companies,” Brown said. “I mean it’s like they have so much money, they buy championships against the working-class, middle-America Cleveland Indians. It’s just the way you are.”

We cheered the defense of our hometown team, and then rated Brown’s claim True. It was one of our favorites from 2011.

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