October 26, 2009

Cheesesteaks for Cheesecakes: New York and Pennsylvania Senators Wager on Yankees-Phillies World Series

World Series Begins Wednesday Night-If Yankees Win Series, NY Sens Will Get Supply of Philly Cheesesteaks, If Phillies Win Series, PA Sens Will Get Supply of Junior’s Cheesecakes

With the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies set to begin the World Series Wednesday night in New York, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that they have made a bet on the outcome of the series. The winners of the bet will receive a supply of delicacies from the loser's home state, cheesesteaks from Philadelphia or Junior's cheesecakes from New York.

"I give Senators Specter and Casey credit for sticking with their team but I can already taste those delicious Philly cheesesteaks," Schumer said. "And even though the Phillies won the World Series last year, there's no comparing the Yankees' 26 World Series victories to the Phillies two. When the dust settles, I am confident that the Yankees will be victorious and Senator Gillibrand and I will be enjoying our Philly cheesesteaks."

"It's great to see the Bronx Bombers back in the World Series with so many familiar faces from their storied run in the 1990's," Specter said.  "Unfortunately for the Yankees, tradition alone will do them little good against Charlie Manuel's fearsome lineup.  I look forward to enjoying the New York cheesecakes, although nothing will be as sweet as the Phillies' back-to-back titles."

"After impressive performances in both the National League Division and Championship series, I am confident that the Phillies are well on their way to becoming back-to-back World Series Champions," said Senator Casey. "If the Phillies keep up their extraordinary efforts at the plate, on the mound and in the field, it is only a matter of time until Senator Specter and I are able to enjoy some delicious cheesecake."

"I look forward to a great World Series and enjoying a cheese steak to celebrate the Yankee victory with my friends Senators Casey and Specter," said Senator Gillibrand. "It should be a terrific matchup between two great organizations, but I give the edge to the Bronx Bombers. The last team to win back-to-back World Series championships was our Yankees - that record will hold strong this year. Their lineup and pitching is superb and New York does have the best fans in the world.  Go Yankees!"

This is the Yankees first trip to the World Series since 2003. The Phillies won the World Series in 2008.  The Yankees and Phillies played the World Series in 1950, and the Yanks swept in 4 games.