In anticipation of the National League Division Series showdown between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals, Mayor Bloomberg and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced a friendly foodie wager for the game. (Wager because "bets" are verboten in professional sports.) :
If the Mets win, Mayor Slay will send a care package of St. Louis products to Mayor Bloomberg in New York, including two Imo's thin-style pizzas, toasted ravioli from the Pasta House Company, and a gift basket from Bissinger's Chocolate. If the Cardinals win, Mayor Bloomberg will send Italian subs from Leo's Latticini and Mama's of Corona, ice cream from Eddie's Sweet Shop in Forest Hills, a pizza alla vodka and the Smokin' Goodfella pizza from Goodfella's Pizzeria on Staten Island, a case of Brooklyn Lager, and a tub of lemon ice from the Lemon Ice King in Corona.
We're very upset by this wager. Why isn't Mayor Slay sending any of those famous St. Louis ribs? Or Ted Drewe's frozen custard? Clearly, St. Louis thinks they'll lose (they have no pitching aside from Chris Carpenter!) so they are sending the dregs. And don't you think they should send the arch to make things a little more equitable?
Mayor Bloomberg said, "While we are wagering some of New York's finest food, I am betting that Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, David Wright and the rest of the Mets will beat the Cardinals - and the only way that Mayor Slay is going to taste our pizza, ice cream, beer, Italian subs and ices is by coming to New York in person."
Because of last night's game was rained out, it's made things slightly confusing, but know that for tonight, you must have Game 2 ticket (even though it's technically Game 1) while this weekend's Game 2 will accept Game 1 tickets. And the bet between NYC and Boston was so much better in 2004.