Firefighters place friendly bet on World Series
(KTVI)– World Series 2013 trash-talk moved from the ticket lines at Fenway Park to the offices of first responders in both Boston and St. Louis.
This all started right after the championship contenders were decided. Keith Willmann, a firefighter with St. Louis Fire Engine Company #4, placed a cold call to Engine Company #4 in the Boston Fire Department.
“I just said I needed to speak with one of the Duck Dynasty Fan Club members,” he chuckled. “And, he questioned who it was. I said it was a Cardinals fan from St. Louis.”
“They asked if we wanted to put a small wager on the World Series game,” Boston Firefighter Barry Gaynor remembered. “So, I said I would give him a call back in a few minutes. I asked the guys in the house. They said, ‘Absolutely, we’d love to do a wager.’”
Now, t-shirts are on the line – along with at least a year’s worth of bragging rights. But, what makes these shirts so special? Each engine company has an emblem that is unique to a firehouse. So, Boston #4 firefighters said they will definitely get 20 shirts from St. Louis. But, St. Louis #4 is under the impression that Boston will be making the shipment.
Boston Firefighter Chris McCarron is in charge of having the shirts boxed up in case the Red Sox lose the series.
“No. No boxes. Actually our shirts aren’t even ordered,” he declared in a deadpan voice with his coworkers laughing nearby. “So, we’re not really worrying about it. There’s no need to order them. No need to waste our money. We’ll just get some free t-shirts. Hopefully, they’re nice by the way. I hope they have a good quality shirt out there in St. Louis.”
After the Cardinals lost Game 1 to the Red Sox 8-1 Wednesday night, Willmann held back on a full-blown comeback. But, he still offered Boston #4 a warning.
“I don’t want to trash-talk them too early. But, yeah. I would probably recommend they go ahead and get those shirts.”
These two companies are not alone. Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald confirmed that Engine Companies #32 in both cities were locked in the same battle. A source with the St. Louis firehouse said first responders had already received shirts from Pittsburgh after the Cardinals clinched the National League Division and Los Angeles after the Cards clinched the NL Championship.
“I think it’s great,” said Cards fan Matt Edwards. “I think it’s fun. Firefighters deserve to have a little fun once in awhile.”
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