As preparations for Game One of the 2011 World Series reached a fevered pitch at Busch Memorial Stadium in downtown St. Louis, U.S. Representatives Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) are making a friendly wager on which team will win Major League Baseball’s World Championship.
If the St. Louis Cardinals win, Congressman Barton will provide Congressman Clay’s staff with a case of Lone Star beer and barbecue brisket from the famed Spring Creek Barbeque in Arlington, Texas.
If the Texas Rangers win, Congressman Clay will provide Congressman Barton’s staff with a case of Budweiser and deep dish pizza from the legendary St. Louis pizzeria, Pi, which is highly favored by President Obama.
“St. Louis may have a better baseball pedigree that includes such characters as Dizzy Dean and the Gashouse Gang, but if Rep. Clay thinks his Cardinals are going to beat the Rangers he must be Dizzy,” Barton says. “The only thing that will make our first World Series victory taste any sweeter is a slice of deep dish pizza from Pi. However, if somehow the Cardinals are able to beat my hometown Rangers I will provide Mr. Clay and his staff with a case of Lone Star beer and BBQ brisket from Arlington, Texas’ famous Spring Creek Barbeque. The meal will be topped off with some of their wonderful sauce made from a secret recipe. It is a shame Mr. Clay and the Rally Squirrel will never get to taste it.”
Clay — and the squirrel — fired back with:
“My St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 World Championships and 18 National League Pennants. Do they even play baseball in Texas? In the unlikely event that the Texas Rangers defeat my beloved St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 World Series, I will be honored to provide Mr. Barton’s congressional staff with a case of Budweiser and deep dish pizza from famed St. Louis pizzeria, Pi, but, the Rally Squirrel and I are ready for some Texas BBQ…with extra sauce!”
Game One of the 2011 World Series is set for Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday night.