If you haven't heard already, Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino succumbed to cancer today. The longest-serving Mayor of Boston, ever, Tom Menino was mayor from 1993 to 2014. He invented the "Rolling Rally" to honor the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. That Rally was 10 years ago, today. Every team since has copied the same basic route and style, as you may remember if you were out and about on June 17, 2011.
I would be shocked if any mayor had ever seen their city win as many trophies, in as many sports, as Menino did. He was such an important part of the sports landscape, that when the Red Sox opened this season at Fenway as reigning World Series champions, they invited Mayor Menino to take part in the celebration. You may remember the setup. Pedro, Lowell, and Varitek with World Series Trophies, Leon Powe with the Celtics 2008 Championship trophy, Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown, and Ty Law with Superbowl trophies. And right in the middle of it all, Mark Recchi and Mayor Menino on a golf cart. It was a fitting sendoff, really.
He's also famous for, uh...not exactly getting everything right about the various championship teams that have won under his reign. You knew your team had made it when Menino was garbling your big player's names and achievements. The Bruins were "great ballplayers on the ice and great ballplayers off the ice" in 2011. In 2010, at the dedication of the Bobby Orr statue outside of the Gahden, he referred to "Varitek splitting the uprights." Other highlights like "KJ and Hondo," "Wilcock," and a host of others are well known to the people of Boston (and especially the listeners to the local sports radio). He made a bunch of mistakes, but his heart was in the right place. And you know he never tried to move the Beanpot out of the city.
Rest In Peace, Mayor Tom Menino. Flags fly forever.