Governors wager products from regions hit by natural disasters in World Series bet

The governors of California and Texas are both waging products from parts of their states recovering from natural disasters in a bet over the upcoming World Series.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) are both offering up products from parts of their home states that have been hit by natural disasters in a bet over the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros in the World Series.


Parts of California were devastated by wildfires earlier this month. And Texas is continuing to recover from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in late August.

If the Dodgers win, Abbott will send Brown a six-pack of beer brewed in Houston and Texas BBQ. But if the Astros win, Brown will send Abbott wine from the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino regions, which have been affected by the wildfires.

“In the spirit of bi-partisanship and in recognition of the resilience of the communities impacted by the recent wildfires in California and Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the governors are wagering wine, beer and food from businesses in regions impacted by these disaster and encouraging the public to see, last and experience what their respective states have to offer,” the governors’ offices said in a release.

The Dodger and Astros will face off in the first game of the World Series Tuesday night. 

Representatives from states whose teams are playing in the World Series or other major competitions often make friendly bets featuring local products.

The Senate passed a $36.5 billion disaster relief bill Tuesday, which included funding for recovery efforts from both the wildfires and the recent strong of hurricanes to hit the United States and its territories. The bill, which the House has already passed, is now awaiting President Trump's signature.