BOSTON (AP) — At least one cardinal is rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, is wagering that the Boston Red Sox will beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the series that begins Wednesday at Fenway Park.
If the Red Sox win, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will donate $100 to Boston Catholic Charities.
Should the Cardinals win, O'Malley will donate $100 to the St. Louis archdiocese's charity fund.
Catholic Charities in Boston and St. Louis provide a spectrum of social service care to thousands of people.
In a break from tradition, there will be no bet between the mayors of this year's World Series cities.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted Monday night that there will be "no mayoral sports bet." But the Democrat said he would welcome a visit to St. Louis from Boston's longtime mayor, Thomas Menino.
Menino was trending Tuesday on Twitter, after telling reporters he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win the "World Series cup."
Menino wasn't impressed with what he called "fried raviolis" that Slay sent to him to settle a bet after the Cardinals lost the 2004 World Series to Boston. Toasted, not fried, ravioli is a St. Louis specialty.