The World Series is only just about to begin, but Mayor Thomas Menino is already in prime form.
Boston’s long-time mayor, beloved for his sports flubs, did it again Tuesday, when he expressed the hope that the Red Sox would beat the St. Louis Cardinals and win “the World Series Cup.”
Menino, who is finishing up his fifth and last term as the city’s mayor, leaves enormous malapropic shoes for his successor to fill. Before the AFC Championship Game last January, he lauded the Patriots. “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.”
That would be Vince Wilfork. His best moment, though, may have been when he called tight end Rob Gronkowski “Gonk.”
Over the years, Menino has spoken fondly of “KJ and Hondo” (Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo), Wes Weckler and Grabowski (Wes Welker and Gronkowski) and NBA Commissioner Donald Sterns (David Stern). Who can forget the moment when he spoke of “Varitek splitting the uprights”? That would have been, of course, former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, not former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek.
Don’t think for a moment that hockey has been overlooked. When dedicating a statue of Bobby Orr, he brought up Orr’s “ionic” goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup playoffs.