It's Game Day, Birds! The Commissioner's Trophy and a year's worth of bragging rights are at stake for the St. Louis Cardinals, and fans are finding ways to make the Fall Classic even more interesting.
We found politicians, radio stations and even churches who are wagering on the series. Here are six St. Louis v. Boston World Series bets:
1. The Governors - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick win the award for tastiest bet, though the loser still may not be able to stomach it. Nixon's ante? A four-pack of Cardinal Cream Soda from Fitz's Bottling company, a box of Bissinger's Chocolates and Italian pastries from Missouri Baking Company on the Hill. Patrick is wagering seltzers from Polar Beverages, the country's largest independent soft-drink bottler; New England clam chowder from Legal Sea Foods; and baked goods from Dancing Deer Baking Co.
4. The Cathedrals - If all this sports smack-talk is wearing on your soul, join the Strike Out Trafficking World Series Challenge between St. Louis' Christ Church Cathedral and Boston's Cathedral Church of St. Paul. The churches are taking donations on Facebook, and the city with the winning team gets to choose which nonprofit gets the money. St. Louis chose Magdalene St. Louis, which provides housing and resources for women who are survivors of abuse, prostitution, trafficking, addiction and homelessness. The churches have already raised $4,200, and you can donate until first pitch tonight.
5. The Orchestras - So this isn't a bet, exactly. More of a West Side Story-style musical smackdown, complete with zippy one-liners and faux-threatening snapping. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra "brassed off" against the Boston Symphony Orchestra, playing "Anything You Can Do" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
6. You! - We asked Daily RFT readers about their bets on the Riverfront Times' Facebook page. Click the status below to read all the bets, but here are some of our favorites: Pappy's Smoke House BBQ v. New England lobster, Schlafly beer v. Sam Adams beer, a gooey butter cake v. a Boston creme pie.