Opening Day at Nationals Park - Photo by Dan Guzman
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals are locked up at one game apiece in the NLDS. The battle on the field has been a tight one and now, off the field, the cities' Mayors have a little competition of their own.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of the playoff series. If the Nationals win, a special D.C. flag that reads "Taxation Without Representation" will be placed over City Hall in downtown St. Louis for a day. If the Cardinals win though, a St. Louis "three rivers" flag will fly over the John A. Wilson Building for a day.
"The Cardinals entered the playoffs as a wild-card team last year," said Mayor Slay. "And that led to the organization's 11th World Series victory. We're no stranger to postseason play in St. Louis. So, we're thrilled to show the upstarts how to do it right. I look forward to our City's flag flying proudly over the John A. Wilson Building when our boys wrap this thing up."
Mayor Gray still remains confident that the Nationals will advance.
"The Nationals' storybook season and our first Major League Baseball postseason play in nearly 80 years mark a momentous time for the District of Columbia, and I'm proud to be playing a great and historic team from wonderful sports city like St. Louis," Mayor Gray said. "I look forward to the citizens of the City of St. Louis getting a lesson not only on the baseball diamond when the Nats take the series, but also in the uniquely unjust situation in which the District's 618,000-plus residents find ourselves - denied voting representation in Congress and ultimate authority over our own budget and affairs - when our flag flies over Market Street in downtown St. Louis!"