Detroit, San Francisco mayors bet day of service on World Series outcome

There will be no gift baskets, Texas barbecue, Dr. Pepper, Budweiser or St. Louis-style toasted ravioli exchanged after this year’s World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Giants, which started in The City on Wednesday.

Instead, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Mayor Ed Lee have each vowed to perform a day of community service in the victor’s city.

On Wednesday, Bing said he will speak to youths in San Francisco’s Junior Giants program and tour high-tech companies if the Tigers fall. Lee said he will visit with young people in Detroit and tour a Chevy Volt factory if the Giants lose — Lee’s official city vehicle happens to be a Chevy Volt, according to the Mayor’s Office.

“The San Francisco Giants are truly the comeback kids,” Lee said. “The city of Detroit also has a reputation for making an impressive comeback, although I fear I won’t get to see this firsthand as the Giants are bound to win the World Series.”

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