World Series Wager: T-rav and cowboy hats
Bishops make bet on baseball title, Archbishop Carlson tries to bring Bishop Vann back to Cardinal Nation.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has prompted a World Series wager with former Cardinals fan, Bishop Kevin W. Vann from the Diocese of Fort Worth, TX, official home diocese of the Texas Rangers.
Bishop Vann has strong ties to the St. Louis area. He is a Springfield, Illinois native and grew up watching the Springfield Cardinals, then farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals. He studied at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and graduated in 1981. As a former Cardinals fan, Bishop Vann has agreed to a friendly wager on the series with Archbishop Carlson.
If the Cardinals win, Bishop Vann will send a taste of authentic Texas BBQ along with a Stetson cowboy hat. If the Rangers take the title, Archbishop Carlson will send a taste of local St. Louis favorites, including toasted ravioli from The Hill, Gus's pretzels, locally-brewed Schlafly Beer and Fitz's Root Beer, along with a Cardinals baseball cap to replace the caps Bishop Vann discarded when he moved to Texas.
Adding to the bet and further supporting the charitable mission of the Catholic Church, the winner will also receive a donation for the local Catholic Charities in the amount of $10 for every run scored throughout the series.
Archbishop Carlson looks forward to the opportunity to remind Bishop Vann of his strong St. Louis roots and change his allegiance back to the St. Louis Cardinals. Bishop Vann likewise looks forward to demonstrating that one must follow God's will and the blessings that come with conversion, while reminding Archbishop Carlson that North Texas hosted Super Bowl XLV in the diocese in February, the NBA championships in the spring which North Texas' Dallas Mavericks won and now the World Series which he is confident the Texas Rangers will win.
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