Red Sox vs. White Sox: American League Playoffs, 2005

Chris
Participant
Mike
Challenger
Felix
Arbiter
Preface

Mike and Chris are both strong White Sox and Red Sox fans, respectively. When news came that Boston clinched the wild card and were going up against Chicago, the emails started to go back and forth between them.

Originally, the bet began as something basic: $10 to the winner. But then a few cans of B&M beans were thrown into the deal, and the stakes quickly escalated… to the point where the loser would end up eating nothing but beans for lunch.

Conditions for Success
  • Red Sox sweep the White Sox.
  • Red Sox win the playoffs against the White Sox.
Conditions for Failure
  • White Sox sweep the Red Sox.
  • White Sox win the playoffs against the Red Sox.
  • Mike decides to taunt Chris with a surprise gift.

  • Watching the last game, Chris is up out of his seat.

  • Judgment Day: Chris about to put on the headband.

  • Walking from the Merchandise Mart to Daley Plaza.

  • Moments before Chris begins his White Sox chant, in Daley Plaza.

Rewards for Success

If the Red Sox win the playoffs again the White Sox, Mike will purchase a Red Sox headband and wear said headband for a full day. Additionally, Mike will buy Chris four cans of B&M baked beans.

If the Red Sox sweep the White Sox, in addition to all of the above happening… Mike agrees to eat only beans for lunch all week (which he will buy for himself, while wearing the headband).

Punishments for Failure

If the White Sox win the playoffs against the Red Sox, Chris will purchase a White Sox headband and wear said headband for a full day. On that day, Chris will eat nothing but beans for lunch (which Chris will buy).

If the White Sox sweep the Red Sox, Chris will purchase a White Sox headband and wear said headband for a full week. Chris also agrees to eat nothing but beans for lunch (which Chris will buy) for the entire week.

Epilog

In an extraordinary turn of events, the White Sox ended up sweeping the Red Sox! Faced with the prospect of actually having a full week of eating nothing but beans, Chris and Mike decided to amend the bet, after the fact.

In exchange for *not* having to eat beans for a full week, Chris agreed to dress himself in White Sox gear, go to Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, and belt out “Let’s – Go – White – Sox,” accompanied by the appropriate hand-clapping or a full minute. After the minute passed, Chris would end his cheering with a verse of “Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye.”

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