World Series Wagers

The Kansas City Symphony, Mayor Sly James, Jimmy Kimmel and Eric Stonestreet have all made friendly bets on the outcome of the World Series.

We’re guessing the Royals’ win in last night’s World Series Game 2 against the New York Mets came as music to Michael Stern’s ears. The Kansas City Symphony’s musical director challenged the New York Philharmonic over the outcome of the Fall Classic, a bet made more interesting by the fact that Stern is a born and bred New Yorker.

“I will even confess—among friends—that I was and might at some point in the future again be a Mets fan. But lest anyone doubt my allegiance, home is where the heart is and we have heart in Kansas City,” Stern says in the video issuing the challenge.

If KC loses Stern will end a classical concert with “New York, New York” and wear a Mets jersey. The Symphony also will cater a KC barbeque lunch to the New York Phil musicians. When Kansas City wins, the symphony proposed the New York Phil perform “Everything’s Up To Date in Kansas City” with Music Director Alan Gilbert donning a Royals jersey. Michael Stern requested a catered lunch for his musicians featuring authentic New York bagels, lox and cream cheese.

Gilbert posted a response in which he “eagerly accepts” the challenge, and makes an addition to the terms: headgear.

Kansas City’s and New York’s symphonies aren’t the only ones wagering on the World Series. Mayor Sly James also issued a challenge to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. If the Mets win, “not likely,” James says, he will go to the Kansas City Ballet School and sing “New York, New York” while wearing a Mets jersey. If the Royals win, de Blasio will have to go to a similar dance school in NYC wearing a Royals jersey and sing “Kansas City.” If de Blasio agrees to the terms and wins, James promises to send him a selection of Kansas City ribs.

“And you need to do that, because there’s no place in New York where you’re going to get ribs like these,” he says. In exchange, James would like authentic New York cheesecake.

Even Mets supporter Jimmy Kimmel and diehard Royals fan and “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet got in on the betting action in a segment called “Terrible World Series Bets.” After spinning the Wheel of Terrible Bets, the loser’s punishment was decided: He has to get in a bounce house and have the winner fire paintballs at him for a minute.