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When it comes to betting on sports, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is a man of his word.
If there was any silver lining for Mets fans after New York lost to the Kansas City Royals 4-1 in the World Series, it was that they got to see their city's mayor, a man who governs over about 8.5 million people, sing a 56-year-old blues song surrounded by ballerinas.
Shortly before the World Series, de Blasio reached out to Kansas City mayor Sly James with the bet: Losing team's mayor sings the winner's song in a jersey. Had the Mets won, James would've sang "New York, New York" and given de Blasio a little Kansas City BBQ.
Here's the result:
That's the American Ballet Theatre backing de Blasio up on "Kansas City," an old standard sung by countless bands, not least of them The Beatles. (Here's their version.) If you had to describe de Blasio's performance in one word, what would it be? Would it be "frosty"?
In addition to that tasty song, he also passed along some New York cheesecakes to Mayor James.
Royals or Giants in World Series?
The World Series starts Tuesday night in Kansas City. The Royals are aiming for their first title since 1985. The San Francisco Giants, meanwhile, are looking for their third championship in five years. Which team will win?
One fan asked reliever Brandon Finnegan for tickets to the Royals' next game -- and Finnegan came through
"Ask and ye shall receive." At least that's the motto that should be associated with Royals rookie pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who's clearly already a pro at fan relations.
When fan Nicholas Knapple hit Finnegan up on Twitter for tickets to Wednesday's American League Championship Series game against the Orioles, he got a reply -- two tickets for him and girlfriend.
@nknapple Tuesday in kc?— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) October 10, 2014
@bfinny29 omg please yes Tuesday please— Nicholas Knapple (@nknapple) October 10, 2014
@bfinny29 are u serious about the tix? Watched u in Omaha and now in kc. Pretty cool man— Nicholas Knapple (@nknapple) October 11, 2014
@nknapple I might be able to get 2 more— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) October 11, 2014
@nknapple I have 2 for you tomorrow night— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) October 13, 2014
@bfinny29 thanks man, you have no idea how much I appreciate this! Good luck out there! This is a dream come true for me and my gf.— Nicholas Knapple (@nknapple) October 13, 2014
It gets even better for Knapple. When he offered to take Finnegan out for some famous KC-style barbecue as a thank-you, Finnegan duly agreed to that too.
@nknapple yea man you got em, and I'll gladly go eat with you but you don't have to pat— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) October 14, 2014
@bfinny29 na man. I'll save some money. It's on me. Really no one has ever done anything like this for me in my life. God bless you— Nicholas Knapple (@nknapple) October 14, 2014
We're guessing Knapple might be tweeting the whole roster if the Royals go all the way to the World Series.
Royals-Orioles in ALCS
The Baltimore Orioles aren't exactly surprises to reach the ALCS; they controlled the AL East for months and tied for the second-best record in MLB. The Kansas City Royals, though, continued their dream run by dispatching the AL West's two teams in the wild-card game (Oakland A's) and ALDS (Los Angeles Angels, in a sweep). Which will earn a trip to the World Series?
Isn't it annoying when your job conflicts with your favorite team's most important games? We all know that feeling -- you want to be cheering your squad like a normal fan, but instead you've been reduced to furtively checking your phone during the world's longest and most boring meeting. Whoever was running the Kansas City Police Department's Twitter feed last night decided to plead with anyone who'd listen to just hold off with the law-breaking until the Royals game was over:
We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We'd like to hear the @Royals clinch this.— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014
We feel for you, anonymous social media officer. We really do. Fortunately for the good people of Kansas City, their team pulled it out in dramatic fashion, leaving the Kansas City police department with nothing but well-wishes for everyone involved: