Rauner pays homage to Cubs, wagers on World Series

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Gov. Bruce Rauner takes a selfie outside Wrigley Field on Monday. | Snapchat

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a big Chicago Cubs fan, visited Wrigley Field on Monday morning to snap a selfie with the marquee — and place a bet with Ohio Gov. John Kasich in anticipation of the historic World Series.

The Cubs clinched the National League Championship series on Saturday. They’ll play Game 1 against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

“How about, let’s have a wager on the World Series?” Rauner said in front of Wrigley Field, standing next to Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.

“If the Cleveland Indians are victorious, I’ll bet you I’ll deliver to you an extra-large Chicago-style deep dish pizza and a case of terrific Chicago-brewed microbrew beer,” Rauner said.

Rauner joked that Kasich will never get that food.

“You’re not going to get that delicious food and beer,” Rauner said. “We’re going to eat it here. Because you know what? The Cubs are going to win.”

Kasich posted his own bet on Facebook, saying he’d send Rauner “fan favorites from Cleveland” if the Indians lose.

“I’m gonna match him in that bet because I know the Indians are going to roll, and they’re going to roll not just for Cleveland but for people all across the great Buckeye state,” Kasich said. “If the Cubs’ 108-year drought comes to an end, I’ll send him some of the fan favorites from Cleveland. We’re with you Indians. Go win it for all of us.”

Rauner had no plans to attend the first two games of the World Series in Cleveland. He’ll instead be in Springfield. Rauner attended a Cubs playoff game during the series against the San Francisco Giants.

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