Crazy World Series Bets

Eric D. Schabell
Contributing Writer

Every year we watch the World Series and we are placing bets.

Bets with family.

Bets with co-workers.

Bets with friends.

It is not all about the money, but about the thrill of backing your favorite team.

It can be for honor, for fame, or for a victory dance if you are a fun loving fan. It can be to clean out the wallet of your adversary or to humiliate because you are a vengeful fan.

It must be fascinating what happens around the world when the Red Sox win the World Series?

Have you ever thought about the bets that have been won?

How much money changes hands?

It is not easy to dig that one up, but in our research we did stumble upon this die hard, happy go lucky, Cardinals fan who put up $250 that they would win the NL pennant at 500-1 odds. Well that bet paid off at $125,000 and the guy is still holding a ticket for a wager for $250 at 999-1 that they win the World Series.

That would be a $250,000 payoff, but he must be quite happy with the pennant change he won.

We have heavy hitters on the Hill, with a gentleman's bet on who will wear the other teams tie to the House floor after the ALCS series.

“Much to my regret, I’m here standing before you to congratulate my dear classmate and friend from Massachusetts, Mr. Kennedy and his Boston Red Sox on their American League Championship Series win over my beloved Detroit Tigers,” Kildee said on the House floor. “In accord with our gentlemen’s agreement today, I am wearing the gentleman’s rather unsightly Boston Red Sox tie, which is painful to say the least.”

Nothing like a bit of public humiliation on the line.

St. Louis Mayor Slay is abstaining from any bets with Boston's Mayor, but in 2011 when the Cardinals faced the Texas Rangers, Slay won a case of Texas steaks from Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck.

I have a small wager on the line with a family member who is a Cardinals fan.

We put a steak dinner down on the World Series.

What did you wager on the World Series?

What is your worst lost wager and what did you have to do?

Post a comment or via twitter @ericschabell with your thoughts.

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