NASHVILLE, Tenn. (KMOX/AP) — Music, barbecue sauces and local sweets are at stake in the Western Conference semifinal between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators.
Nashville Mayor Megan Berry and newly elected St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson agreed to the bet shortly before the Predators beat the Blues 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead.
If the Predators win, the St. Louis mayor owes Barry a basket featuring a blues compilation album, an assortment of local barbecue rubs and sauces, a gooey butter cake and a Blues jersey. If the series goes the other way, the Nashville mayor owes Krewson a basket including a country music album, Nashville barbecue sauces and rubs, Goo Goo clusters and a Predators jersey.
“There’s only one thing I can say – LET’S GO BLUES!” Krewson says.
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What a difference a week makes.
In our MLB divisional series betting preview last Thursday, the four 9-2 co-favorites in the World Series futures at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook were the four favorites in the divisional series: the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals.
A week later, they are all gone, upset in respective order by the Baltimore Orioles (plus-135 as a series underdog despite having a better record this season and home-field advantage), Kansas City Royals (plus-175), St. Louis Cardinals (plus-165) and San Francisco Giants (plus-140). And none of them even had to go to a fifth game. Who woulda thunk it?
Well, I got it at least half right as I picked the Orioles and Giants to win their series in that piece. I wasn't as confident in the Royals and Cardinals, but at least I didn't bet against them.
Baltimore is now the 2-1 World Series favorite at the Westgate. They are a minus-135 favorite over Kansas City in the American League Championship Series that starts Saturday and would have home-field advantage in the World Series by virtue of the AL's 5-3 victory in the All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. St. Louis, which is a minus-135 favorite in the National League Championship Series, is the 5-2 second choice, with Kansas City and San Francisco both at 3-1.
The World Series logo is applied behind home plate at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Photo by Huy Mach, firstname.lastname@example.orgSt. Louis Mayor Francis Slay refuses mayoral bet on World Series Nicholas J.C. Pistor
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ST. LOUIS • The big city mayors won't be betting during this year's World Series.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted Monday night that there will be "no mayoral sports bet." He had previously tweeted during the National League Championship Series that abstention from gambling "frees up time of staffers."
The mayor added, with a bit of bravado and confidence in the St. Louis Cardinals: "Plus, it isn't fair to other mayors."
Slay did say that he would "welcome a visit" to St. Louis from longtime Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
Menino told Fox 25 in Boston: "I won another bet with him and he sent me fried raviolis. What are fried raviolis?"
But Menino also stuck his foot in his mouth Tuesday when he told reporters he hoped the Sox would win the "World Series Cup." The topic immediately began trending on Twitter.
The Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.
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In 2011 when the Cardinals faced the Texas Rangers, Slay won a case of Texas steaks from Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck.Political Fix from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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However, both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson have agreed to donate $1,000 each to youth baseball organizations in each other's cities.
Jackson's donation will benefit the Chicago Parks Foundation's "Playball" initiative. That group helps kids in Englewood, Humboldt Park and other neighborhoods learn how to play baseball.
Emanuel's donation will benefit "The Historic League Park," which serves as a baseball field and as the home of the Baseball Heritage Museum. For Mayor Emanuel, that is his Playball initiative run through the Chicago Parks Foundation, supporting youth baseball in Englewood, Humboldt Park and other neighborhoods.
"The recently concluded World Series was more than just a great show for the sport, it was a great show of sportsmanship," Mayor Emanuel said in a press release.
“Mayor Emanuel and I have agreed to give back to each other’s city in the same way our cities have been uplifted by the two best teams in professional baseball,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson in a press release.Popular More Stories You May Be Interested In - includes Advertiser Stories
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Mayor Ed Lee, who made a friendly bet with his counterpart in Kansas City over the World Series, has directed City Hall to be lit up in Giants’ orange. (Courtesy the Mayor’s Office)
As is customary, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his counterpart in Kansas City, Mayor Sly James, have a friendly wager riding on their teams in the World Series.
Lee agreed Tuesday to fly to Missouri to read to third-graders should the Giants lose, while James committed to coming to San Francisco to sing with the Glide Ensemble and serve meals to the homeless should the Royals lose.
Asked what he thought of the possibility of going to Kansas City, a spokesman for Lee’s office said, “He’s looking forward to hosting the mayor here.”
Beyond the obligatory civic-minded purse, the mayors’ bet includes a bunch of local foodstuffs. Lee will send Humphry Slocombe ice cream, Boudin sourdough bread and Philz Coffee if the Royals win. James will send barbecue and jazz music CD’s to Lee.
“This improbable group of players refuses to quit, and whether they win ugly or win with walkoffs, it just keeps rolling,” Lee said in a prepared statement.
Even before the bet, Lee was already showing his Giants’ fervor. He lifted a team flag above his balcony at City Hall and directed that lights in the Giants’ signature orange decorate Coit Tower, the Opera House, City Hall and San Francisco International Airport.
The city is also hoping to have a public viewing of World Series Games 6 and 7 at Civic Center Plaza on Oct. 28 and 29, should the championship require that many games. Under Major League Baseball rules, the city can hold viewings only during away games and games in which the series can be clinched.
Mayor James, a 62-year-old nonpartisan, has been similarly enthusiastic about the Royals.
“We’ve waited 29 years for this and not even a Giant can stand in our way,” he said in a statement.
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