Corona Italian Hero, KC BBQ are Prizes in Prosecutors’ World Series Wager

Corona Italian Hero, KC BBQ are Prizes in Prosecutors’ World Series Wager

​PHOTO:  Queens DA Richard Brown (l.) and Mets owner Fred Wilpon.​ Photo Courtesy of Queens DA’s Office

Though the Mets lost Game 1 of the World Series to the Royals Tuesday night, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown still believes that he’ll soon be dining on famous Kansas City barbecue, courtesy of Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

“As the New York Mets chewed through their competition during the playoffs to make it to the World Series,” Brown said, “I am now anticipating chewing on some tasty Kansas City barbecue in the post-baseball season.”

Brown last Sunday issued a traditional baseball food challenge to his Missouri counterpart on which team will emerge victorious from the 2015 Fall Classic. Should the Mets win their first world championship in 29 years, Peters Baker will send a dish of KC barbecue delicacies to Brown’s Queens Boulevard office. And if the Royals beat the Amazins in the best-of-seven Series, Brown has promised to ship to Peters Baker the “Mama’s Special” classic Italian hero consisting of prosciuttini, salami, mozzarella, mushrooms and peppers from Mama’s of Corona.

The Mets-Royals challenge was facilitated by Onondaga County (New York) District Attorney and National District Attorney Association President William Fitzpatrick, who provided email letters of introduction between the two prosecutors.

Brown noted that he is already one-for-one in the baseball food challenges, having won his wager with Cook County (Illinois) State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez earlier this month when the Mets swept the Chicago Cubs to win the National League Championship Series.

Additionally this week, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) made a friendly wager on the outcome of the Series.

If the Royals win, Schumer has pledged to tweet a photo of himself wearing a Royals T-shirt while riding a bike through New York City. He has also pledged a $100 donation to MLB Urban Youth Academy at 18th and Vine in Kansas City.

If the Mets win, McCaskill has pledged to tweet a photo of a Mets flag flying outside her home. She has also pledged a $100 donation to Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Corona. The church burned down in January and is in the process of being rebuilt. McCaskill’s donation will go towards the restoration efforts.


By Michael V. Cusenza



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