Groups of lawmakers from Illinois and New York have a friendly wager going as the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets face off in the National League Championship Series ― and it involves pizza, naturally.
Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton said Friday that he had accepted a bet from New York state Sen. Joe Addabbo on the best-of-seven NLCS games. The Mets now lead the series 2-0.
Under the agreement, participating lawmakers from the losing team’s state will have to “send the winning team their city-style pizza and wear winner’s apparel on their respective chamber floor to congratulate the winner,” according to a statement Cullerton’s office sent The Huffington Post.
“Some consider Chicago the Second City, but we can all agree on two things: New York is second in baseball and pizza,” Cullerton said, alluding to the two cities’ longstanding disagreement over whose version of pizza is better: the thin, hand-tossed pies of New York or Chicago’s deep-dish fare.
The wager is a way for the two cities to celebrate their “legitimate baseball history,” Addabbo said.
“For us New Yorkers, the Mets’ championship run is about more than just baseball; it’s about having pride in our city and our state, and I know that Chicago feels the same way,” he said in the statement announcing the wager. “Let’s continue our excitement and show Chicago what we’re all about as we root for our hometown team.”
Participating lawmakers from New York include state Sens. Jose Peralta, Mike Gianaris, Toby Stavisky, Leroy Comrie and James Sanders, Addabbo wrote on Facebook.
Additional Illinois lawmakers participating include state Sen. Heather Steans and state Reps. Greg Harris, Sara Feigenholtz, Kelly Cassidy and Ann Williams.
Game 3 of the NLCS kicks off Tuesday in Chicago at 7:07 p.m.
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