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CA, MI senators place wager on World Series

The U.S. Senators from California and Michigan – all Democrats – placed a friendly bet today on the outcome of the World Series showdown between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.

California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer put up some of San Francisco’s famed Ghirardelli chocolates and a selection of award-winning California wines, while Michigan senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow put up Michigan’s Sanders chocolates and their own state’s wine assortment.

(Here I will allow myself to editorialize: Michigan wines? Really?)

Naturally, the bet – for which no dollar value was assigned – was placed with good-natured smack-talk on both sides.

Feinstein: “Giants fans are thrilled our team is headed to the World Series against Detroit. We will root, root, root for our great home team. GO Giants!!!”

Boxer: “The Giants have shown throughout the season that they never quit, and I am looking forward to a hard-fought series that ends with another victory parade down Market Street in San Francisco.”

Levin: “The Giants have shown plenty of determination in their tough road to the World Series. But they are going to more than meet their match in Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and their fabulous teammates. I plan to celebrate a Tigers victory with some tasty California treats, courtesy of Senators Boxer and Feinstein.”

Stabenow: “I know I speak for the entire state when I say I’m so proud of the Tigers for their success this year and wish them luck in the World Series. Sorry Giants fans, but with Miguel Cabrera winning baseball’s first Triple Crown in over 40 years, Prince Fielder blasting home runs and Justin Verlander dominating opposing hitters, the Tigers are going to bring the title back to Michigan!”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Worth noting, Josh, that up until 2005 the state of Michigan (as well as New York) attempted to be quite protectionist of its wine industry > http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/US-Supreme-Court-Overturns-Wine-Shipping-Bans_2543 Thankfully, the Supreme Court put a stop to that — ruling, correctly pursuant to the Interstate Commerce Clause, that Michigan couldn’t “ban out-of-state wineries from shipping wine directly to consumers while allowing in-state wine producers to do so”.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Those are fine items to wager. I suggest Burton and his counterpart in Michigan put up Solyndra products and leftover Oldsmobile parts.