Long Island clams and Kansas City ribs are at stake in a World Series wager between municipalities with ties to the Mets and Royals.
The winner of the bet between officials in Brookhaven Town and Platte City, Missouri, also will get a supply of local beer and T-shirts.
Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said Tuesday he had put up a case of Blue Point Toasted Lager, local oysters and clams, several bottles of Long Island wines and a William Floyd High School Colonials T-shirt in a bet with Platte City Mayor Frank Offutt.
Offutt countered with barbecue sauces, a case of Boulevard Beer, baby back ribs and brisket, and a shirt from Stroud's, an Independence, Missouri, chicken restaurant said to have been a favorite of President Harry Truman.
Both communities have connections to the Mets and Royals: Brookhaven is the hometown of Stony Brook native and Mets pitcher Steven Matz, and Platte City boasts Royals hurler Jeremy Guthrie as a resident.
"Brookhaven Town is proud to have one of our own, homegrown stars in the World Series," Romaine said in a statement. "It's been a while since the Mets appeared in the World Series and I can feel the excitement wherever I go."
City Administrator D.J. Gehrt said his city of less than 5,000 people is "punching outside of our weight class" against Brookhaven, with a population of about 450,000
"We'd like to win the World Series, but neither side is going to lose this one," Gehrt said. "If we lose it, we think you guys will have something very, very enjoyable."