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Boston mayor hopes the Red Sox win “the World Series Cup”

Oct 22, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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In what could be the final sports blunder of his administration, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told reporters on Tuesday morning he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win “the World Series Cup.”

It’s presumed Menino was referencing the Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the upcoming World Series between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Over the summer, the Boston Bruins played for the Stanley Cup, the top prize in hockey.

The ESPN Boston story chronicles Menino’s other sports blunders.

Politicians: please limit your involvement with sports to novelty bets involving famous local foodstuffs, etc.  Thanks!

  1. Caught Looking - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    He just needs the Red Sox to score some goals.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Boston really is a Hockey Town! By the way, Bobby Orr’s new book looks interesting.

      • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

  2. bitlrc - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    the world series cup will never be popular in America because there are too many ties and not enough scoring

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      because there are too many ties and not enough scoring

      Sounds like me as a 21 year old bachelor.

  3. dan1111 - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    If only Manny Ortez were still on the team, he would help them win that cup.

  4. amoses74 - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    cant believe Boston actually elected that guy over and over again. Makes Bush sound like a genius

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      He’s slightly more competent as the Mayor of this great city.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Yes, because screwing up a sports reference means one is unfit to govern.

      Of course, this IS ‘Murrca…people care more about sports than political competence, so I’ve no doubt your opinion resonates among the rubes.

      • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        I’d say people care more about rhetoric than political competence. It’s demonstrated every election–how many voters actually look up a potential president’s voting record and history, instead of just listening to the well-spoken lies and deceits that come out?

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        True, but they both point to the same symptom of superficiality and of not doing the hard work required of citizens for a healthy republic to exist.

        If people put even a fraction of the time into being up-to-date on politics and current events as they do into following sports, we’d have a much more accountable government and a higher caliber of elected officials.

      • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        100% correct.

      • skids003 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        aceshigh, for once, I have to agree with you. And it’s from the top levels to the bottom, we try to see who can elect the biggest idiot.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        The time Bush Jr. won we elected the biggest idiot.

      • skids003 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        Seem to forget your present beloved one johnson

  5. jcmeyer10 - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Why are we feeding the troll. Manino is doing this on purpose at this point. He’s having fun on his way out.

  6. phantomspaceman - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I enjoyed when he referred to his city as “Boffeston”

  7. bobwsc - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Since we’re being all particular here Craig, why don’t you use the current Sox logo. Thanks!

    • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      I guess you aren’t familiar with Menino’s history?

  8. barrywhererufrom - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Just like that other bufoon john kerry when he said in 04 their is nothing like ohio state football when he was in michigan..go harvard beat navy..

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Do you REALLY want to go gaffe-for-gaffe when your side has George W. Bush and Sarah Palin?

      • barrywhererufrom - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        57 states..corpsman..and my favorite lets.thank those veterans who made.the some of them.are here today..wonder he said these coments..

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Ah yes, the SAME THREE gaffes mentioned time and time again whenever someone wants to portray Obama as a gaffe-prone moron.

        There are literally hundreds of gaffes to choose from between Bush and Palin.

      • barrywhererufrom - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        and dont forget Commander and chief

  9. hildezero - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM


    You sound dumb. I bet you’re an old @$$ man, huh? Soccer is already a popular sport in this country. Stop living under a rock. We all know “World Series Cup” is gonna be more popular than baseball.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      I think you’re referring to right wing bass turd barry.

  10. jm91rs - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    He’s just doing this on purpose at this point.

    • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      He’s got to be. How can this possibly be intentional after all this time?

      • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM


  11. titansbro - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Menino is awesome.

  12. aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    This is way less entertaining than the late Ted Kennedy refering to McGuire and Sosa and “Mike McGuire and Sammy Sooser”.

    That’s a malapropism worthy of Foster Brooks at his best.

    • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Even better, your misspelling of “McGuire” is the way that Topps spelled McGwire’s name on the 1985 USA Baseball Team card.

      • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Oops, I’m wrong. I thought there was a misspelling on that card but there isn’t. But now I’ve been looking at McGwire for so long that I think IT’S misspelled.

    • skids003 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Ah yes, the Kennedy royalty. I think Foster would have made a better Senator than old Teddy, too.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        He definitely makes right wing bass turds like that pea brain Boehner look bad.

      • skids003 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        He makes anybody look good. You probably think Barney Frank was a great Senator.

  13. thinkfirstthenspeak - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Doesn’t beat then MD Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, “My favorite part was when the other team scored a football and then we came right back on the next play and scored a football too.” about Super Bowl XXXV.

  14. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    You would think after all these years he would learn to have someone proof read his speeches, if for nothing else but sports references.

    Too bad he’ll be out of office by the time the NFL playoffs come around in Boston. I was really looking forward to hearing about Aqib Taliban swooping in like a missile for interceptions, and keeping other teams wide receivers prisoner with his defense.

  15. mccourty1sland - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Mayor Menino may have trouble speaking, but if you knew him as a politico, you’d know the guy was cut throat and ran the city extremely well. He will be very hard to replace.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      I’ll absolutely agree with that. No one worked harder to modernize the city in out of the box ways in his last few years. From public biking systems, to green initiatives, and even the state wide weight loss program that never gained much ground.

    • Scott - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Didn’t Billy Bulger run the state much the same way?

  16. Scott - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Mumbles is still in awe of Jason Varitek’s winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI and Bobby Orr’s game winning jumper in the Stanley Cup finals of 1970.

  17. onbucky96 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Okay, that’s it. I refuse to believe he’s this ignorant of sports. It’s not possible, or he is a few cards short of a full deck.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM


  18. temporarilyexiled - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I have questions:

    As there are caps, jerseys, etc. handed out to the players after the series win, is he referring to commemorative, protective gear?

    How exactly would you present these?

    How exactly would you then display these?

  19. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    More importantly.. why is it called the Commisioner’s trophy? Shouldn’t it have a name or something?

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