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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wager big on World Series

Nixon in January with members of the American League champs
Nixon in January with members of the American League champs

In what’s become one of the great hackneyed political traditions, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday laid it down on this year’s World Series.

If the Royals win, Cuomo will send Nixon a hat from the Baseball Hall of Fame, bagels from Jrs Bagel factory in Queens, original anchor bar wing sauce from western New York, Gianelli’s hot Italian sausage from Central New York and a generous sampling of products from New York’s burgeoning craft beverage industry.

If the Royals lose, Nixon will send Cuomo a commemorative jersey from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a bag of 20th anniversary platinum edition blend coffee from The Roasterie in Kansas City, ribs from Kansas City’s own Gates BBQ, and a Ford F-150 baseball cap, to signify how Missouri is at the forefront of the American auto industry.

But here’s the killer: The governors have agreed that the losing chief executive also will wear the jersey of the opposing team for one day.

“Good as the Metropolitans have been in the postseason, I don’t see them overcoming this playoff-seasoned team,” Nixon said in a statement.

Taunted Cuomo, “The Mets’ strength, skill and leadership sets them apart from every other team.”

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