From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
The World Series between the New York Yankees and Amtrak Corridor rival Philadelphia Phillies kicks off tonight.
And New York Gov. David Paterson and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell have laid down their bets -- weekend getaways for a fan of the other team.
"The state with the losing team will offer a weekend vacation to a resident of the state with the winning team," according to a Paterson press release. "Accommodations, meals and tickets for the vacation package will be donated by the respective companies, organizations and venues hosting the trip. The losing city will host the all-expenses paid weekend getaway. ...
"If the Yankees win, a New Yorker and guest will enjoy the luxury accommodations at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, be treated to dinner at the Prime Rib, VIP access at a cultural event, as well as brunch at Parc in the inviting Rittenhouse Square during an all-access VIP weekend. If the Phillies win, a Pennsylvania resident and guest will stay at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and will dine at the award winning 21 Club in midtown Manhattan. Transportation will be provided by Amtrak between Philadelphia and New York."
The governors aren't the only politicos making a wager. The U.S. senators from both states are offering up cheesesteaks or cheesecakes. Sens. Bob Casey and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania have offered to export a supply of cheesesteaks if the Yankees win. If the Phillies win, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will send over some cheesecakes from famed Brooklyn restaurant, Junior's.
The mayors of both cities have also announced their bets today -- participation in a service project in the other's city, wearing that city's team uniform. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would travel to Philly "and paint a mural on the side of a Philadelphia recreation center," Bloomberg NEWS reports. "If the New York Yankees prevail, [Philadelphia Mayor Michael] Nutter will be at the Albert Einstein Intermediate School in the Bronx painting open spaces."
And the wagers don't end there. New York's and Philadelphia's famed produce markets -- Hunts Point (NY) and Philadelphia Regional -- have offered to send a truckload of produce to the a food bank in the winning city.
No word on what Mets fans are supposed to do in all this.