Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) is traveling from Philadelphia to Washington on Tuesday, hauling a very special cargo: a dozen authentic Philadelphia cheese steaks bound for the office of Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.).
Serrano, a rabid Yankees fan, tells ITK that he "hasn't eaten in three days," in anticipation of the delivery.
The sandwiches mark the culmination of a bet between the two lawmakers over the outcome of this year's World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees won the series in six games.
But sandwiches aren't the only bet Brady lost over the World Series: He made a more dramatic wager with Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y), the loser of which would shave his head into a Mohawk. When it came time for Brady to pay up, he claimed that Hall's near-baldness nullified the bet.
But according to Serrano, Brady is on track to follow through on the sandwiches. "Bob called me last night to say he was bringing the cheese steaks today, and I'm hungry," said Serrano.
Asked whether Brady said he would bring a variety of sandwiches, Serrano replied, "Bob Brady is a guy who knows his food, so I bet he's going to bring the best there are." Serrano also said that another member of Congress, Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.), would be delivering another Philadelphia specialty, Polish kielbasa sausages, to his office this week.
This comes as good news to Serrano's hungry staffers, who will help their boss devour Serrano's winnings.
But not everyone will be cheering. A source tells ITK that for the Phillies "phans" in Serrano's office, lunch today will be bittersweet.