Posted October 22, 2013

Boston Mayor hopes Red Sox win ‘the World Series Cup’

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino has had his share of misspeaks when it comes to sports. On Tuesday, he said he hopes the Red Sox win "World Series cup." (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Boston Mayor Tom Menino has a history of making mistakes about sports. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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.

PHOTOS: Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Sports Gaffes

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.”

VERDUCCI: Outcome of Red Sox-Cardinals World Series hinges on very small gap

Footage of Menino’s comments about “KJ” and “Hondo” of the Celtics:

(hat tip to 11MOAX)


40 comments
KimBatteau
KimBatteau

If they win, we'll be glad to buy a nice cup so Menino can give it to them!  From a diehard Red Sox fan in The Netherlands.  Go Sox!

khangol
khangol

You mean there's a politician somewhere who is an idiot? Gee, that's a shock.


Big deal. I've heard plenty of professional baseball broadcasters say moronic things like "That's his third base hit, and two of them were doubles!" and they're supposed to know the terminology.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Hope he knows more about the cities issues then sports

GT500456
GT500456

Menino is about as bright as a cannoli.....

GuyIncognito
GuyIncognito

Further evidence of the genius of The Simpsons - they came up with Mayor Quimby before Menino was first elected.

Actually, that's a little harsh, Quimby isn't so bad.

DouglasFennema
DouglasFennema

The left wing anti gun fool thinks he's in England and Barack is a King. Using up precious oxygen every single day. 

 Please, somebody anesthetize him and carry the dolt out on a stretcher .Pronto.


Mark112
Mark112

This guy is a bigger gaff machine that even Obama (if in fact that is humanly possible)

AlainLapointe
AlainLapointe

Very , very funny , we need more mayors like that . GO CARDS !!!!

RichardHong
RichardHong

Someone should ask him if he was a fan of Sam Malone's on the Red Sox.

gregatacd
gregatacd

No no no, he said he's putting ON his World Series Cup


MattHaynes
MattHaynes

Mumbles Menino is at it again!  We are used to it in MA.

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

At least he didn't call it the World Series Bowl. That's a good thing, yes?

MIsaiasDasNeves
MIsaiasDasNeves

Eat your heart out... 12 Finals Appearances with 7 (maybe 8) Wins since 2000... how ya doin' Cleveland?

PS: for those scoring @ home: PATS: 5 apperance w/ 3 Wins / RED SOX:  3 appearances 2? WINS / CELTICS: 2 appearances 1 WIN / BRUINS: 2 appearances 1 WIN.

bosdedhed
bosdedhed

There is a reason he's been known as "Mumbles".  At the same time, there are also many reasons why he's the longest serving mayor in Boston's history.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Rather tacky way to get your "fifteen minutes (of fame)," Maria (BG) & Marc.  A seasoned reporter would've let such a slight slip-up slide.

gymviking
gymviking

I would like a World Series cup to....I hear you get extra beer in that.

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

Menino's quotes would be instantly forgettable if he didn't routinely butcher player's names, etc.  The mistakes make what he says WAY better.  Don't make fun...sit back and enjoy!

Chris10
Chris10

Hall of Fame Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr.   He played on de fence?

Hammer109
Hammer109

It is pretty funny that this happens in the most sports psycho city in America.  Boston is the one town where sports is a matter of life and death.  The fans take it so seriously they can't even seem to enjoy it.  That's why I always take such great pleasure when their teams lose.  It's like the whole city wants to cry.

carjax1202
carjax1202

I'll give this guy a break...since he obviously has no clue about sports in general.  Just because the guy is the Mayor, doesn't mean he has to be up on the sports scene.  Not everyone is into sports.  And it's too bad he has to go out there on camera and make a fool out of himself.  Doesn't he have little minions that keep him up on things?  

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Typical American politician, totally in touch with everyday reality.

NOT.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

typical Boston sports fan, confirmed by message boards also

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

@GuyIncognito Menino wasn't bad (he's retiring at the end of the year). In fact, aside from his tendency to mumble, he's been a great mayor.

GT500456
GT500456

@DouglasFennema Lol.....totally agree.    No need to harvest his organs, because nobody is interested in them!

MIsaiasDasNeves
MIsaiasDasNeves

@Vinny Cordoba What's the matter Vinny? Didn;t want to sound like a numbskull by leaving that dumb response which you quickly erased?

doghockey
doghockey

@MIsaiasDasNeves And this makes your life better than that of someone who does not live in Boston?   Now that is funny!

John02169
John02169

@bosdedhed Live just outside of Boston.  Don't agree with a lot of his stances but at least you know where stands.  I would rather have someone like him explain something than someone who can talk pretty and you have idea where they stand.  Plus he is a decent person.

John02169
John02169

@TiredOfCliches He butchers all names.  Called the AG of the Commonwealth, Marsha instead of Martha when she ran against Scott Brown.

Mkmck
Mkmck

@Hammer109 Guess you've never heard of Philly, eh? You know...where they cheer players getting hurt and throw ice balls at Santa Claus? As for cheering when Boston loses, you must really have been hating the last few years. Boston...the only city to win all 4 major championships in a 10 year span, and they did it in 7. Seven championships since 2001. Not much crying going on there lately.

RickDesper
RickDesper

@Hammer109 I don't think you know Boston very well if you think Bostonians don't enjoy championships.  

John02169
John02169

@carjax1202 That said I would rather have a beer and talk sports with the Mayor than some D-Bag like John Kerry.  Remember his "Manny Ortiz" comment.

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

@MIsaiasDasNeves , What's the matter Mlsaias? Is your life such a pathetic pile of nothing that the only thing you can feel happy about are the athletic exploits of guys who are obviously half your age, who aren't even from Boston, and who probably catch the next flight out as soon as the season is over?

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

@doghockey   @MIsaiasDasNeves , Mlsetc. thinks because a bunch of young dudes from California, Florida, Texas and anywhere else besides Massachusetts win games for his Boston teams, that makes him a real successful guy. This is what life is like for losers who can't claim any victories of their own. They start claiming everyone else's instead. Pretty sad, really.

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

@Mkmck , oh, I'm pretty sure I know what being a sports fan is. I just don't pretend that because they win, that somehow makes me better than everyone else. Or is that point flying over your head?