ABC News’ John Berman Reports: The Former Massachusetts governor, who presided over the hub of Red Sox Nation for 4 years, and was Governor of the state in 2004 when they staged their epic, history- changing comeback and finally triumphed in the World Series, botched one of the holiest, most sacrosanct numbers in Red Sox lore.
At the close of the GOP debate in St. Petersburg, FL, Mitt Romney spoke of the 2004 World Series Championship: "Eighty-seven long years. We waited 87 long years. And true suffering Red Sox fans that my family and I are, we could not have been more happy than to see the Red Sox win the World Series." The only problem with that statement? It was 86 years between Red Sox victories. 86 years! 1918 to 2004. That makes 86 years.
It is a number that millions of Red Sox fans know by heart. It is a number that many kids in Massachusetts know before they can even count.
What does this say about the Governor? His authenticity has been questioned on several issues: abortion, gay rights, gun control. Is his alleged Red Sox fan-dom also now in question? Romney, who was born and raised in Michigan, did once refer to Fenway Park as "Red Sox Stadium."
Sources close to Romney say he realized his mistake immediately after the debate. Romney Spokesman Kevin Madden, a native New Yorker, had only this to say, "as a Yankee fan…we’ve won so many world series, that I have hard time keeping count."