ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Millions of sports fans may be placing bets on the World Series, but not St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
“I decided early on I was not going to do any bets this year,” Slay said.
His sudden abstinence breaks a World Series tradition of rival mayors wagering local products — such as steaks, beer and frozen custard.
“You know, we’ve won so many in the past it seems kind of unfair with other mayors,” Slay said, “We seemed to win so many of these things.”
Slay was asked about reports his 2011 World Series bet — and the problems it caused him — may be the real reason he has given up gambling. At the time, it was the Cardinals vs. the Texas Rangers, and Slay bet some Schlafly’s micro-brew rather than Anheuser-Busch beer with Arlington, Texas Mayor Robert Cluck.
A source familiar with the bet who asked not to be identified tells KMOX it did not go over well with A-B and caused Slay some embarrassment.
“Well, I don’t know where you’re getting that from, but I did not feel any wrath,” Slay laughed.
Slay does admit that deciding which local products to wager can be daunting.
“I will tell you we have bet Anheuser-Busch beer many times in the past,” Slay said, “There a great brewery. The thing is I think what you’re getting into is the difficulty of choosing between the many great products that we have in St. Louis. I can see where some people could be rubbed the wrong way if we don’t chose a particular product.