Newsom Tones Down His Philly Bet

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 07: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson (L) and U.S. speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi (R) look on during game one of the National League Division Series with the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park on October 7, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The Giants beat the Braves 1-0. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gavin Newsom;Nancy Pelosi

    If there was ever any doubt, Mayor Gavin Newsom bets with his mind not his heart, those questions have been answered.

    The lifelong San Francisco Giants fan made a bold bet with the mayor of Atlanta ahead of the Giants divisional series against the Braves. And there is still a Giants' flag flying over Atlanta City Hall, thanks to Newsom.

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    San Francisco looks to Game 3 at AT&T Park as they return home early Monday morning.

    The mayor of San Francisco made a similar bet with the mayor of Philadelphia, the Giants last roadblock before a date with the World Series. But this time the bet is noticeably toned down in a series that San Francisco is expected to lose.

    If the Giants do what pundits think they might, Newsom will have to don a Philadelphia Phillies hat during a ceremony around Veteran's Day. If the Phillies lose, the mayor of Philadelphia will wear a Giants hat.

    At least it beats a box of chocolates.