More than bragging rights will be on the line when the 2009 World Series begins tonight.
Politicians from the two participating teams' states have laid down some wagers. You can say it will be a battle of cheesesteaks vs. cheesecakes when the Yankees and Phillies square off.
In fact, the U.S. Senators from New York and Pennsylvania have set a wager of cheesesteaks or cheesecakes.
Sens. Bob Casey and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania will pay up with cheesesteaks if the Yankees win. Should the Phillies take the World Series, New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will part with some Brooklyn-made cheesecakes.
The mayors of New York and Philadelphia have set a more physically demanding wager.
If the Phillies win, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will travel to Philadelphia and -- wearing a Phillies uniform -- paint a mural on the side of a local recreation center.
A Yankees victory would send Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to New York. And in a Yankees uniform, he would paint open spaces at the Albert Einstein Intermediate School in the Bronx.
The governors of both states also are in on the action.
New York Gov. David Paterson and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell have decided on a weekend getaway wager.
"The state with the losing team will offer a weekend vacation to a resident of the state with the winning team," a Paterson press release stated. "Accommodations, meals and tickets for the vacation package will be donated by the respective companies, organizations and venues hosting the trip. The losing city will host the all-expenses paid weekend getaway. ...
"If the Yankees win, a New Yorker and guest will enjoy the luxury accommodations at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, be treated to dinner at the Prime Rib, VIP access at a cultural event, as well as brunch at Parc in the inviting Rittenhouse Square during an all-access VIP weekend. If the Phillies win, a Pennsylvania resident and guest will stay at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and will dine at the award-winning 21 Club in midtown Manhattan. Transportation will be provided by Amtrak between Philadelphia and New York."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.