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Boston Mayor's Embarrassing Sports Gaffe Ahead of World Series Start



Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (center) prepares to throw out the first pitch during 100 Years of Fenway Park on April 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the Boston Red Sox win “the World Series cup."

Trouble is, there's no such thing as a “World Series cup.” There is, however, the Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be awarded to the victor of this year’s match-up between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (center) throws out the first pitch during 100 Years of Fenway Park on April 20, 2012 in Boston (Getty Images)

Menino, currently serving his fifth and final term as mayor, has a history of making sports-related gaffes in a city that takes extreme pride its teams, Sports Illustrated noted.

Over the winter, he had a hard time remembering the names of some of the more famous members of the New England 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," he said. "And Stevan Ridley, he's been another great guy. And Wilcock."

Menino was presumably trying to remember the name of defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. He also mistakenly referred to Wes Welker as “Weckler.” He has also called Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "Gonk" and “Grabowski.”

And the mayor's sporting missteps also include the Boston Celtics.

"There's a lot of heart in this team, let me just tell you," Menino said earlier this year, adding, "KJ is great but Hondo is really the inspiration. Hondo drives that team."

KJ? Perhaps he meant “KG” and was referring to Kevin Garnett. Also, the mayor was probably referring to current player Rajon Rondo and not Celtics legend John Havlicek who went by “Hondo.”

But seeing as how he’s not running for a sixth term, it looks like the "World Series cup" sports gaffe could be Menino's final as the city's mayor.

The Red Sox and Cardinals meet for the first time at Boston's Fenway Park Wednesday night.


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