Community Service for Gavin

World Series bet could put mayors to work

By Kris Sanchez
|  Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010  |  Updated 10:47 PM PDT
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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's hair remains perfect.  That's thanks to the Giants big NLCS win.  When they beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Newsom won a friendly wager with that city's mayor and did not have to put on a Phillies hat and possibly mar his famously coiffed hairdo.

But with the start of the World Series Wednesday, the stakes are even higher with the mayor of Arlington.

If the Giants lose, Newsom will have to get his hands dirty.

Should the Giants lose the series - gasp! - Newsom would have to fly to Arlington, Texas for a day of community service - wearing a Rangers jersey. The community service project would benefit the Miracle League, a youth program affiliate with the Rangers and with Mission Arlington, a local nonprofit.

"It’s a high stakes California vs. Texas showdown for the World Championship, and Mayor Cluck and I decided to up the ante this time around," Newsom said in a press release.

Should the Giants win the series - oh, yes - Newsom still gets his hands dirty, with the sticky deliciousness of Texas BBQ. Mayor Robert Cluck wagered BBQ, said to be the best in Texas, along with community service with the Junior Giants, the youth baseball program affiliated with the team.

The hope is that Mayor Cluck won't get a taste of Mayor San Francisco's Dungeness crab, sourdough bread, Anchor Steam beer and Ghiardelli Chocolates, also part of the wager. That is, unless, someone takes pity on the guy when he comes to San Francisco to do his community service.

Mayor Newsom has officially proclaimed it "San Francisco Giants Pride Week" beginning Wednesday, October 27 th and continuing through the end of the World Series, set to begin Wednesday in San Francisco between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. Mayor Newsom has urged San Francisco fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League Champions by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or other shows of support for the hometown team.

In a show of civic pride for the hometown team, the City will continue to fly the Giants flag over San Francisco City Hall and around Civic Center Plaza and light City Hall, Coit Tower, the War Memorial Opera House, the Treasure Island Administration Building and SFO in Giants Orange.

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