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California, Texas ‘united by America’s pastime’ but that doesn’t stop World Series bets

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, shakes hands with Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora on Monday during World Series media day. They likely weren’t agreeing on a bet, but that hasn’t stopped governors and police chiefs from wagering.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, shakes hands with Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora on Monday during World Series media day. They likely weren’t agreeing on a bet, but that hasn’t stopped governors and police chiefs from wagering. The Associated Press

When the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers meet today to open the World Series, they’ll have some major backers betting on them.

Wagers have been placed between the governors, California Democrat Jerry Brown and Texas Republican Greg Abbott; and the city police chiefs, Charlie Beck in Los Angeles and Art Acevedo in Houston.

In the bet between state leaders, The Associated Press reports Brown will give Abbott “a selection of wine from wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino regions” if Houston wins. This is just the second World Series appearance for the Astros, who moved to the American League in 2013. As a National League club, they lost to the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Should the Dodgers win their seventh championship, Abbott will send Brown some barbecue and a six-pack of beer brewed in Houston.

Regardless of the outcome, Abbott will donate to fire efforts, AP reports. “Our two states are united by America’s pastime.”

Brown seems confident in the Dodgers’ chances.

“While we don’t expect to have to send any vino to Texas, we hope travelers from all over the world – yes, even the Lone Star State – will continue to visit California,” Brown told AP.

As for the police chiefs, Acevedo will receive pastrami with an Astros victory. Beck will get barbecue if the Dodgers win.

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