It happens every year. It’s been a while since New York or Missouri has had the privilege.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Governor Jay Nixon announced that they would have a friendly wager made on the outcome of the 2015 World Series matchup between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. The losing city’s governor would have to wear the winning jersey for an entire work day. Talk about embarrassing. Both ball clubs are trying to win it all after experiencing droughts spanning several years. The Mets have a chance to become the dominant team in New York City after the Yankees early exit from the postseason. The Royals are trying to bring the excitement (and viewership) of the World Series to a small market like themselves. It will be exciting to see who comes out on top.
As far as the bet goes the jersey exchange will only be a part of the situation. Each governor has also included multiple items unique to their state to offer up should their team lose. Among these items for Governor Cuomo will be a selection of craft beers, wing sauce and a hat from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Governor Nixon will offer a commemorative jersey from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, ribs from the world renown Gates BBQ and a Ford F-150 hat (the Kansas City Assembly Plant produces more Ford vehicles than any other plant in the world).
The first game of the 2015 World Series will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 8:07pm EST, in Kansas City.