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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich accepts wager with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox series
Winner depends on outcome of American League Division Series

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today accepted a wager proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, as the Chicago White Sox prepare to face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series. The White Sox will host the Red Sox for the first two games of the series, beginning Tuesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s South Side.
 
If the White Sox prevail in the best-of-five series, Gov. Romney will send clam chowder from Boston’s Union Oyster House to Illinois. If the Red Sox win, Gov. Blagojevich will send Governor Romney Connie’s pizza and Eli’s Cheesecake. Connie’s Pizza opened in 1963 on Chicago’s South Side and is now served inside the ballpark as a fan favorite. Eli’s Cheesecake debuted in Chicago at local restaurant Eli’s the Place for Steak in the late 1970s and quickly became a beloved and world famous dessert.
 
“Everyone knows that I am a lifelong, die-hard Cubs fan,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “But when it comes to Sox, I prefer white.”
 
The White Sox are making their first appearance in the post-season since the 2000 AL Division Series versus the Seattle Mariners. The White Sox led the American League Central for the entire 2005 season, setting a new franchise record for days in first place with 182.  They finished the season just one game shy of 100 wins, with a record of 99-63. A sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the final weekend of the regular season clinched home field advantage in Chicago throughout the postseason. The White Sox have not appeared in the World Series since 1959, and have not brought home the championship since 1917.


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