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(NECN: Julie Loncich, Boston) - Boston's beloved Mayor Tom Menino has never really been known for, well, being a wordsmith.
But in the final stretch of his impressive 20-year run leading the city, he's gone and apparently put his foot in his mouth.
"Well hey, I made a mistake," he says. "I apologize."
In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, Mayor Menino said he'd like to visit Detroit. When asked what he'd like to do there, he said "blow up the place and start all over."
"Well we do need a fresh start," one Detroit Tigers fan says outside of Fenway Park.
"I agree that the city needs a do-over and it needs to start over, but those are not the right words to say," says Michigan resident Jerry Maisano.
Detroit fans were all around Boston Wednesday night as the Red Sox took on the Tigers.
"I think it seems like a decent idea," Brandon Frazier, a Detroit native, says. "Maybe not blow it up, but I mean, gotta do something. Gotta start over somehow, right?"
"Probably should have used better words there, coming from a mayor," Detroit resident Cody Clontz says.
Of course, Detroit's mayor had plenty to say.
In a statement, Mayor Dave Bing says, "I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase 'blow up.'"
Julie Loncich has more on the story in the attached video.