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Mayoral Wager on World Series -- Food at Stake

10/26/2010 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Commissioner's Trophy isn't the only thing on the line when the Texas Rangers play the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 World Series -- two hometown mayors have each stepped up to the plate to make a serious bet on the outcome.


TMZ has learned ... San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (right) and the mayor of Arlington, TX, Robert Cluck (left), have agreed to make a wager on the series.

Here's the deal -- each mayor has agreed that the loser will provide a day of community service in the winner's town while wearing a jersey of the winning team.

But there's more -- the losing mayor will also ship the winning mayor a bunch of delicious hometown goodies. If SF loses, Newsom has agreed to ship Dungeness crab, sourdough bread, Ghirardelli chocolate and Anchor Steam beer.

If Texas loses, Cluck has agreed to ship over BBQ food from a local joint called Spring Creek BBQ ... said to be the best in TX.

Game 1 is set for tomorrow night.

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Ugh, Spring Creek really? Doesn't the mayor of Arlington know that some the best BBQ places in town are NOT chain restaurants but local hole-in-the joints! But maybe that's the catch, he'll send crappy BBQ if they lose...which they WON'T! GOOOOO RANGERS!

1424 days ago


I live in Arlington, TX. And WOW Spring Creek BBQ is in no way the best BBQ in Texas. I actually refuse to eat there. LOL! San Fransisco are suckers for taking that deal!

1424 days ago


Spring Creek the best. Someone got the raw end of this deal and it's not the Rangers.

1424 days ago


Go Rangers! Mann's BBQ in Austin. Fanfreakintastic. plus homemade ice cream. woooooooo

1424 days ago


Spring Creek Barbecue is by far NOT the best. There's at least 20 joints better. David's, Rudy's, Colter's... come on, Mayor Cluck... wait a minute, what does it matter? Mayor Cluck will be eating crab & sourdough dipped in butter and Ghiradelli chocolate until he busts. I want pictures of that butter dripping off your chin, Mayor Cluck!

1424 days ago


Go Rangers! Mann's BBQ in Austin. Fanfreakintastic. plus homemade ice cream. woooooooo

1424 days ago


Go Rangers! Mann's BBQ in Austin. Fanfreakintastic. plus homemade ice cream. woooooooo

1424 days ago


SF Mayor does not realize he got a crappy deal... Salt Lick in Austin is the best! Knowing that the Gaints are going to lose, he might want to rethink that deal. GO RANGERS! This is definitely your year!

1424 days ago


I know the cities of San Francisco and BF Texas aren't exactly on the same level, but SF's putting up dungeness crab, sourdough bread, Ghirardelli chocolate and Anchor Steam beer, and all Texas has to offer is a slab of ribs? Pathetic. Go Giants!

1424 days ago


Wow, must be a slow news day in TX, or there's nothing to do there but talk about BBQ. Either way, I find these mayoral bets humorous. It's nice to see politicians swallow their pride and own up to a bet. Newsom is 2 for 2 on bets so far this year.

Whoever questioned about it being legal; it is only illegal if money was exchanged. Goods and services don't apply.

1424 days ago

Ham bone    

The best BBQ in Texas is at "Big Smith's" just south of Sulphur Springs, TX.

1424 days ago


COLTER'S BBQ- BEST RIBS EVER. I challenge anyone to a rib contest! Go to Colters in SOUTH Arliington (not the one in North Arlington).. Tell me if their ribs aren't the best you've ever had. Who said Shady Oaks is better than SpringCreek?? Shady Oaks IS Spring Creek, dummy! They're the same. One is sit down service, and one is cafeteria style with less choices...

1424 days ago


I came on here expecting a lot of Giants/Ranger smack talk and all there is an argument over the best BBQ in Texas.

It's obvious people in Texas care a lot more about BBQ than they do about baseball. Go Giants!!!!

1424 days ago

Kris Carr    

I'm no fan of Mayor Gavin Newsom, but I am from Northern Cali. and all I have to say is: Fear the Beard! Go Brian Wilson and the rest of the boys on the Giants team!!!

1424 days ago

Kim C.    

Spring Creek is NASTY!!! Go to Roscoe's Smokehouse in Burleson!

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