Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory today agreed to a friendly mayoral wager on the outcome of the Giants-Reds National League Division Series matchup. Game One begins this Saturday, October 6th at 6:37pm at San Francisco AT&T Park.
The Fire Departments in San Francisco and Cincinnati are both known for their chilis. So Mayors Lee and Mallory have decided to go toe-to-toe in a friendly wager. The City’s team that loses in the playoffs will host a chili cook-off fundraiser at a local firehouse with the proceeds benefitting the winning City’s youth programs.
“San Francisco is lit up in Giants Orange again and the entire City stands behind our Giants as they make another exciting run for the title,” said Mayor Lee. “While I enjoy the chili dished up at our Fire Houses, I’ll instead be seeing the fine firefighters of Cincinnati serving it up to support our City’s youth and recreational programs!”
“The Reds have thrilled us all summer with a magical season, and now, Cincinnati is fired up for postseason baseball,” said Mayor Mallory. “I sure hope San Francisco chili is as good as Mayor Lee says it is, that way it raises lots of money for Cincinnati’s youth, after the Reds send the Giants packing in the first round.”
The Giants finished the regular season with a 94-68 record, capturing the National League West title over the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games. The first-round, best-of-five playoff series begins in San Francisco with games on October 6th and 7th. The series then moves to Cincinnati for Game Three on October 9th, and Games Four, and Five, if necessary. Those games would occur on October 10th and 11th.
Mayor Lee today raised the San Francisco Giants flag over City Hall to celebrate this weekend’s playoffs. City Hall, Coit Tower and other City landmarks and buildings will continue to be lit in Giants Orange. Mayor Lee is also urging Giants fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League West Champion team by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or any form of support for the hometown team.