The Yankees were playing the Oakland Athletics in 92-degree heat, and for Mr. McCain, now the presumptive Republican nominee for president after vanquishing Mr. Giuliani and others in the primaries, the game offered an unusual diversion from the rigors and predictability of the campaign trail. He arrived in New York on Friday afternoon to do the Conan O’Brien Show, and spent Saturday in the Hamptons at a pair of fundraisers, including a dinner event at the waterside estate of the billionaire Ronald Perelman.
Before the game on Sunday, Mr. McCain, with Mr. Giuliani in tow, chatted on the field with Joe Girardi, manager of the Yankees, and Bob Geren, manager of the A’s. He also toured Monument Park, where plaques honor Yankee greats beyond the center field wall. When the game began, he and Mr. Giuliani settled into a front-row box seat right next to the Yankees’ dugout, munching on hot dogs.
On the field, Mr. Geren asked Mr. McCain about the experience of running for president. “It’s like being in Double A and all of a sudden you’re playing in Yankee Stadium,” Mr. McCain replied.
Hey…Washington made it out of Trenton.