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CTA Bets on NLCS With New York's MTA, While Mayor's Bet Awaits Response

By Joe Ward | October 16, 2015 4:28pm
 If the Cubs fall to the Mets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will send New York some Giordano's and Lagunitas.
If the Cubs fall to the Mets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will send New York some Giordano's and Lagunitas.
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CHICAGO — Say what you will about our public transit compared to New York's, but the CTA certainly bested its East Coast counterpart while responding to a proposed bet on the upcoming Cubs vs. Mets series.

Not to be outdone, Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered up his own friendly bet to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday on Twitter, saying he would send the mayor some fine Chicago-made products as well as make a charitable donation if the Cubs lose to the Queens-based Mets.

De Blasio has yet to respond to Emanuel's wager. The National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Mets begins Saturday night in New York.

As is customary in these mayoral bets between cities in playoff contests, Emanuel wagered Chicago-made products Lagunitas and Giordano's, presumably deep dish, the country's pre-eminent pizza.

But Emanuel upped the ante by also offering to make a charitable donation to a New York youth-based charity if the Cubs lose.

And if the Cubs win? de Blasio would then donate to local groups After School Matters and Becoming A Man.

“I know Bill de Blasio, and I know his passion for the children of New York," Emanuel said in a statement. So here’s the bet. If the Cubs beat the Mets, and give them a little payback for 1969, I’m asking Mayor de Blasio to make a contribution of his choice to be split between After School Matters and our Becoming A Man program."

Emanuel offered up a similar bet with St. Louis's mayor, but he declined. Probably for good reason, too: the Cubs downed the Cardinals in four games, clinching their first playoff series victory at Wrigley Field.

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