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Mayors of Detroit and San Francisco Bet on Outcome of World Series

More than just a gentlemen's wager, the mayors need to pony up community service time in honor of the opposing team if their own team loses.

Fresh off of his winning bets that the San Francisco Giants would win their first two playoff series, Mayor Ed Lee is making another wager—this time with Detroit's mayor—that the Giants will come out on top in the World Series against the Tigers.

Lee and Detroit Mayor David Bing have agreed on a bet in which the losing mayor will travel to the winner's city and participate in a day of community service and other activities.

If the Giants win, Bing—a former basketball great who spent years as a point guard for the Detroit Pistons—will come to San Francisco, play baseball with youths in the Junior Giants program and tour various companies in the city.

But if the Tigers win, Lee will travel to Detroit and tour the factory that produces the Chevy Volt, the car Lee uses as his official city vehicle.

"The San Francisco Giants are truly the comeback kids—this team never quits," Lee said in a statement. "The city of Detroit also has a reputation for making an impressive comeback, although I fear I won't get to see this firsthand, as the Giants are bound to win the World Series."

Bing said in a statement, "The Giants have had great success, but we've already proven we can handle any team out of the Bay Area"—a reference to the Tigers' triumph over the Oakland A's in the American League Division Series earlier this month.

Lee made similar bets with the mayors of Cincinnati, which the Giants beat in the National League Division Series, and St. Louis, which San Francisco defeated in a seven-game National League Championship Series that ended Monday.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory now has to host a chili cook-off fundraiser at a local firehouse with the proceeds benefiting San Francisco youth programs, while St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay briefly had to change his Twitter avatar to a picture of the Giants' logo.

Slay also has to send St. Louis specialties, including barbeque, toasted ravioli and local beers, to San Francisco.

—By Bay City News

Anne Ernst (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I think Mayor Ed Lee will enjoy his visit to Detroit after the Tigers win.
Mason Mccarty October 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I think Mr. Bing is looking forward to a nice bowl of clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and some nice Ghiridelli chocolates for desert ;)
Mason Mccarty October 29, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Mmmmm a nice sourdough bread bowl of clam chowder soup sounds pretty good right about now doesn't it :P

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