New York, Boston mayors bet on ALCS

Oct. 13, 2004 at 10:47 AM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is putting up deli goods against Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's beer and frankfurters in a bet on the Yankees-Red Sox series.

Bloomberg said winning the traditional bet is a "rite of fall." He said he was waging 2 pounds each of pastrami, corned beef and brisket along with knishes, rye bread, mustard and sour pickles from Katz's Delicatessen in Manhattan. Menino's counteroffer includes two cases of Samuel Adams beer, 10 pounds of Pearl Country Club frankfurters and a Boston cream pie.

Last year, after the Yankees beat the Red Sox, Menino delivered clam cakes, lobster and other seafood to Bloomberg's office, which turned the food over to the Bowery Mission, the New York Times reported.

The governors of the two states involved -- New York's George Pataki and Massachusetts' Mitt Romney -- apparently don't need the food. They agreed that the governor of the state that is home to the losing team would appear in public wearing a jersey of the winning team.

The Yankees beat the Red Sox 10-7 Tuesday in the first game of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, the winner of which will advance to the World Series.

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