Apparently, the outgoing mayor of Boston is infamous for his sports flubs. Tom Menino, who is finishing his fifth and final term as Boston's mayor, referred to the Commissioner's Trophy as the "World Series Cup" during a news conference Tuesday morning when trying to lend his support to the Boston Red Sox.
"We're all really rootin' haaahd to bring the World Series Cup back to Boston, like we did in 2004 and 2007," Menino said.
Yeah, there's no such trophy as the "World Series Cup." In Menino's defense, most baseball fans probably don't know the name of the trophy presented to the winner of the World Series. Or at least the name is forgotten until the actual moment of presentation every October. Aesthetically speaking, the Commissioner's Trophy is nice, but of course no award in sports can compare in gravitas to Lord Stanley's Cup, which manages to be simple yet majestic in serving as the ultimate goal for any NHL team.
As ESPN Boston speculates, Menino probably was getting his sports mixed up. The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup as recently as 2011, and made the Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks this past June, so hockey probably was on Menino's mind.
Menino even got some of the New England Patriots mixed up during the NFL playoffs:
"We have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here. He's been our point person all season long," Menino said. "And Stevan Ridley, he's been another great guy. And Wilcock."
He of course was referring to All-Pro defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. He also referenced tight end Rob Gronkowski as "Gonk."
That wasn't the first time Menino has stumbled when referencing Gronkowski. When discussing the Patriots' chances in the playoffs against the Broncos in 2012, Menino talked about Tom Brady's weapons "Grabowski" and "Wes Weckler" (Welker).
Menino also referred to Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics as "Hondo" — the nickname of Celtics legend John Havlicek, who played in the 1960s and '70s. If the Red Sox win the Series, look out. Imagining him saying "Koji Uehara," or "Xander Bogaerts" might permanently lock his jaw. Which ... would it be all that bad? No matter what you think of Menino (and I'm sure readers will let everyone know in the comments), he does seem to have enthusiasm for sports, if not great diction.
While it's great to get everybody's name right, and a man in his position probably should, it's just too much to ask of some people, especially once they hit 70 years old. The best thing is to laugh it off, like he's a wacky uncle. Haha, there goes wacky uncle mayor Menino again with the "Gonk" and the "Hooeydara" and the "Pedroiners."
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