San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay today agreed to a friendly mayoral wager on the outcome of the Giants-Cardinals National League Championship Series matchup. Game One begins tonight, October 14th at 7:15pm (Central) at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Mayor of the losing city will change his Twitter profile picture to the logo of the winning team for a day. Also, the losing Mayor will send food and beverages traditionally associated with the respective cities so the winning Mayor can invite the community into City Hall for a party to celebrate. Mayor Lee will send dim sum and Anchor Steam beer. Mayor Slay will send St. Louis barbecue, toasted ravioli and a court of St. Louis brews, led by the King of Beers.
"I originally wanted to bet the Golden Gate Bridge for the St. Louis Arch, that's how confident I am that the Giants are going to beat the Cardinals and advance to the World Series," said Mayor Lee. "But having Mayor Slay change his Twitter avatar for a day and receiving St. Louis fare is a better, more appropriate bet, I'd say."
"I appreciate Mayor Lee's tough talk," said Mayor Slay. "We're a little more modest because we are so used to winning. The last five playoff series all started the same way: tough talk from opposing mayors. They also ended the same way: A St. Louis Cardinals victory, and the people of St. Louis enjoying some very good food."
Both the Giants and the Cardinals survived hard-fought, 5-game contests in the National League Division Series, with the Giants defeating the Reds and the Cardinals defeating the Nationals. These two teams now face off for a best-of-seven series, with the winner advancing to the World Series.
Mayor Slay is encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to help kids in our community while supporting the team by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids). • RED stands for Rally Everyone Day. • Help us Rally Everyone to support the Cardinals as the team goes for #12 in 2012, while also helping kids in our community by raising money for Cardinals Care. • Piloted during the 2011 postseason, Cardinals RED for Kids is the team's version of an office "dress down" day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school to show their support for the team and area kids. • To participate, fans should go to cardinals.com/red to register their organization.