Boston, St. Louis city officials make series bet, but not mayors

BOSTON (AP) — The mayors of Boston and St. Louis may not be making any bets on the World Series, but top officials in each city are.

Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan and St. Louis Alderman Christine Ingrassia have wagered some local delicacies over the outcome of the series that started Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Linehan has put up a six-pack of Harpoon Oktoberfest beer; an order of shepherd’s pie from Amrheins restaurant; and a quart of clam chowder from Legal’s Harborside restaurant.

Ingrassia’s wager is a six-pack of beer from the Schlafly brewery; an order of toasted ravioli from Ricardo’s restaurant; and a smokehouse specialty from The Shaved Duck restaurant.

The loser must also wear the winning’s team gear their next meeting.

In a break from tradition, there will be no bet between the mayors of this year’s World Series cities.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted Monday night that there will be “no mayoral sports bet.” But the Democrat said he would welcome a visit to St. Louis from Boston’s longtime mayor, Thomas Menino.

Menino was trending Tuesday on Twitter, after telling reporters he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win the “World Series cup.”

Menino wasn’t impressed with what he called “fried raviolis” that Slay sent to him to settle a bet after the Cardinals lost the 2004 World Series to Boston. Toasted, not fried, ravioli is a St. Louis specialty.

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