John Tory responds to Kansas City mayor’s baseball wager

Oct 16, 2015 | News

Branden Liezert

Toronto Mayor John Tory is taking Kansas City Mayor’s challenge.

Toronto mayor John Tory made his reply to Sly James ALCS wager on Friday.

Toronto mayor John Tory made his reply to Sly James ALCS wager on Friday. (Photo/Wikipedia)

The Bet

The mayors of Toronto and Kansas City issued a friendly wager on the baseball series between the Blue Jays and Royals. Game one of the American League Championship Series between Toronto and Kansas City begins at 8:07 p.m. Friday.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said that if the Royals lose to the Jays he will send a portion of ribs with Kansas City famous barbecue sauce to Tory.

In return, Tory announced today that if the Blue Jays go belly up in the ALCS he will send three different types of Canadian beer to Kansas City.

“If they’re going to be eating all of that barbecue sauce and ribs, they’re going to need something to wash it down,” Tory said.

Keeping things in a completely friendly manner, Tory said win or lose that he will be sending it down, regardless of result.

 The Game

The Blue Jays are starting with Marco Estrada, while the Royals send out Edinson Volquez to start the game.

The two teams have had plenty of bad blood throughout the 2015 MLB season.

Specifically, one game in early August in which Kansas City pitcher, Volquez,ignited a brouhaha.

Volquez threw a hard fastball inside on Josh Donaldson in the first inning of the game that struck the probable 2015 MLB MVP.

Volquez again threw pitches high and inside of Donaldson.

Also when newly-acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki came up to the batter’s box in that inning, Volguez ran a pitch inside that smacked him.

After the game, Volquez called Donaldson “a little baby” and said he needed to pitch both sides of the plate and that the scouting report on Donaldson said to throw high and inside.

 The Final Words

Tory said there was three key things James should know about Toronto.

“Number one – our beer is stronger. Number two – our pitchers are stronger. And number three – our hitters are stronger.”


And on that note, Tory did his best impression of Jose Bautista’s famous ALDS game 5 bat-flip.