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Mayor Lee & Kansas City Mayor James Make Friendly Mayoral Wager on 2014 World Series

Mayor of Losing City Will Travel to Winning City for Day of Community Service; Mayor Lee Proclaims San Francisco Giants Pride Week

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Kansas City Mayor Sly James today agreed to a friendly mayoral wager on the outcome of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Game One takes place today at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Games One and Two will be played Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City before moving to AT&T Park on Friday for Game Three, followed by Game Four on Saturday and, if necessary, Game Five on Sunday.   

The Mayor of the losing city will travel to the winning city for a day of community service. If the San Francisco Giants win, Mayor James will come to San Francisco to sing with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band and serve meals to the homeless. If the Royals win, Mayor Lee will travel to Kansas City to read to 3rd graders at a local public school.

In addition to the community service, each Mayor is wagering local food items. If the Giants win, Mayor James will send world-famous Kansas City barbeque and Kansas City jazz music to San Francisco, and if the Royals win, Mayor Lee will send Humphry Slocombe ice cream, Boudin sourdough bread and Philz Coffee to Kansas City.

“Again, for the third time in five years, San Francisco has turned Orange!” said Mayor Lee. “This improbable group of players refuses to quit, and whether they win ugly or win with walkoffs, it just keeps rolling. The Royals have been playing very well, but they’re no match for the arms of Bumgarner, Hudson, and Peavy or the timely hitting of Posey, Pence, Panik, and of course, NLCS hero Travis Ishikawa. I wish Mayor James and the Royals luck – they’ll need it against this magical 2014 Giants team.”

“Coming off back to back sweeps of the Angels and the Orioles, the Royals show no signs of slowing down,” said Mayor James. “We’ve waited 29 years for this and not even a Giant can stand in our way.  Our Royals are an elite group of players and are genuinely outstanding people and truly deserve to be world champions. Certainly, they already are in the minds and hearts of our community.”

The San Francisco Giants are making their third World Series appearance in the past five years, following decisive victories against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, and St. Louis Cardinals thus far in the postseason. The Giants beat the Cardinals after a walk-off home run in Game 5 of the NLCS by left fielder Travis Ishikawa. The Kansas City Royals are fresh off back-to-back sweeps of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Baltimore Orioles.

As the Giants begin the World Series, Mayor Lee and the San Francisco Giants joined Mayor James and the Kansas City Royals to urge all fans to treat each other with respect. Wherever fans choose to watch the game – AT&T Park or elsewhere – be safe and practice good sportsmanship. In the end, the World Series celebrates the game of baseball, and rivalries should remain on the field.

Mayor Lee officially proclaimed it “San Francisco Giants Pride Week,” beginning Tuesday, October 21st and continuing through the end of the World Series, to urge San Francisco Giants fans around the City and beyond to celebrate the hometown team after they clinched the National League Championship title and advanced to the World Series. Mayor Lee is urging Giants fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League Champion team by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or any form of support for the hometown team. In a show of civic pride, the San Francisco Giants flag will continue to fly over City Hall. City Hall, Coit Tower and San Francisco International Airport along with a number of civic and landmark building in San Francisco will remain lit in Orange for the duration of the World Series.