Boston Mayor hopes Red Sox win ‘the World Series Cup’
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino added another chapter to his history of sports blunders on Tuesday, telling reporters that he hopes the Red Sox win “the World Series Cup,” according to a tweet from Boston Globe reporter Maria Cramer.
The 70-year-old Menino, currently serving his fifth and final term as mayor, intended to reference the Commissioner’s Trophy, which will go to either the Sox or the St. Louis Cardinals when one of them wins the World Series. The slip-up could have come from the fact that the Boston Bruins lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks this past June, but Menino is certainly no stranger to misspeaking when it comes to sports.
In 2010, during a ceremony that dedicated a statue to Hall of Fame Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr to celebrate his iconic goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup, Menino began talking about great moments in Boston sports history. At one point, Menino said it was Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek who “split the uprights” to help the New England Patriots win their first Super Bowl in 2002, when in fact he meant to say it was then-Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri.
This past winter, leading up to the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, Menino called defensive tackle Vince Wilfork “Wilcock” and made a reference to tight end Rob Gronkowski, calling him “Gonk.”
“We have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here. He’s been our point person all season long. And Stevan Ridley, he’s been another great guy. And Wilcock.”
In 2012, while commenting on the Patriots’ matchup vs. the Broncos, he referred to Gronkowski as “Grabowski” and Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker as “Wes Weckler.”
The Mayor has also shown his limited knowledge of Boston’s NBA players. A few months after making the “Grabowski” comments, he decided to weigh in on the Boston Celtics’ matchup with the Miami Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, referring to then-Celtics forward Kevin Garnett as “KJ” and Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo as “Hondo.”
“There’s a lot of heart in this team, let me just tell you. KJ is great but Hondo is really the inspiration. Hondo drives that team.”
Menino asks fans to be responsible as the Red Sox try to bring back the "World Series cup."—
Maria Cramer (@GlobeMCramer) October 22, 2013
Footage of Menino’s comments about “KJ” and “Hondo” of the Celtics:
(hat tip to 11MOAX)