As if pennant race pressure isn't enough, pizza and pierogies will be on the line, too when Garrit Cole takes the pitcher's mound for Wednesday's National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has a wager with his Illinois Republican colleague Mark Kirk.
If the Bucs win, Mr. Toomey will dine on two Chicago delicacies courtesy of Mr. Kirk: Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza and Goose Island's 312 beer. If the Pirates lose, he'll have to deliver Iron City Beer and dinner from Pierogi Plus of McKees Rocks to Mr. Kirk.
In addition, the losing senator must model the winning team's t-shirt on social media.
The wager came with a bit of trash talk between the senators, friends who usually find themselves on the same sides of a battle. They're currently working together to get the Senate to pass their bill to keep economic sanctions in place until Iran pays $43 billion in compensation to American victims of terrorism.
This morning's banter took a much lighter tone.
"After another outstanding season, Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole, and the Bucs are about the make the Cubs walk the plank," Mr. Toomey said. "Chicago has gone 107 years without making the World Series, and in a few days, my friend Mark will see that number go up to 108. Throughout Buc Nation, we will be raising the Jolly Roger come Wednesday night."
Mr. Kirk didn't take kindly to that.
"With Joe Maddon as manger and star players like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, the Cubs have been baseball's most exciting team this year, and I look forward to seeing them get past the Pirates," Mr. Kirk said. "I'm confident that with Jake Arrieta on the mound for the Cubs, I won't be handing over any Lou Malnati's deep dish or 312 beer to Pat next week."