One true orange-and-blue fan is doubling down on his bet.
With the New York Mets headed to the World Series for the first time since 2000 after sweeping the 97-win Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, Councilmember and life-long Mets fan Vincent Gentile has entered into a friendly wager with Kansas City Councilmember Jermaine Reed, a fan of the Amazins’ opponents, the Kansas City Royals.
Gentile previously won a friendly bet with Chicago Councilmember Alderman James Cappleman of the 46th Ward, a passionate Cubs fan.
As a result of the winning bet, Cappleman was supposed to send Gentile a Chicago-style hot dog and post a photo of himself wearing a Mets t-shirt on his Twitter account. However, Cappleman ended up posting a photoshopped photo instead of donning Mets apparel.
Now that the Mets are headed to the Fall Classic to take on the Kansas City Royals, who will be making their second straight appearance, Gentile is once again showing confidence in his team. This time, the councilmember is making a wager with Reed.
If the Mets win their first World Series since 1986, the Kansas City councilmember will have to don a Mets shirt in front of Kansas City’s City Hall and post a picture of proof to his Twitter account. Gentile would also receive famous Kansas City BBQ from a local restaurant.
If the Royals win their first championship since 1985, Gentile will have to don a Royals shirt in front of New York City’s City Hall and will post a picture of proof to his Twitter account. Reed would also receive a pie of Brooklyn pizza.
“I expect the Mets to win in six,” said a confident Gentile. “While the Royals will be the Mets’ toughest foe yet, our starting pitching will be relentless. Wilmer Flores will be the MVP and New York City will chant his name for years to come.”
“Both teams are in a fight to quench the championship and return the ‘Commissioner’s Trophy’ to their respective city – a feat that neither team could accomplish since the 1980’s; however, the Mets will be in the presence of Royalty,” Reed countered. “This team has the ability to turn the Empire State of Mind ‘Blue.’ This match-up will be the best duet in decades ending with a win for the Kansas City Royals in game six.”
This year will be the first World Series between two expansion teams, which started in the early 1960s. Game One of the World Series will begin on Tuesday, October 27 at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Matt Harvey will be on the hill for the hometown team against Edinson Volquez.