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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay refuses mayoral bet on World Series
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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay refuses mayoral bet on World Series

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World Series practice in Boston

The World Series logo is applied behind home plate at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS • The big city mayors won't be betting during this year's World Series.  

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted Monday night that there will be "no mayoral sports bet." He had previously tweeted during the National League Championship Series that abstention from gambling "frees up time of staffers.

The mayor added, with a bit of bravado and confidence in the St. Louis Cardinals: "Plus, it isn't fair to other mayors."

Slay did say that he would "welcome a visit" to St. Louis from longtime Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Menino told Fox 25 in Boston: "I won another bet with him and he sent me fried raviolis. What are fried raviolis?"

But Menino also stuck his foot in his mouth Tuesday when he told reporters he hoped the Sox would win the "World Series Cup." The topic immediately began trending on Twitter. 

The Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.  

Betting on the World Series has been a time-honored tradition between mayors over the past decades.  

In 2011 when the Cardinals faced the Texas Rangers, Slay won a case of Texas steaks from Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck.

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Nicholas J.C. Pistor is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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