Produce markets wager on Series

PHILADELPHIA - October 28, 2009


The merchants at the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market are making a bet with the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx. At stake? A truckload of food to help the hungry in the winning city.

Neither side is worried.

"So we're hoping that with this little game we're playing with the guys in NY, it's putting the spotlight on the need for people to have fresh fruit and vegetables," said John Vena of the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market.

"Philly we're coming for ya. We want our load of produce to give to our favorite charity. And it's going to be time to cough it up really fast!" said Jim Margiotta of the Hunts Point Produce Market.

While all sides agree to the fruits of this cause, let's face it:

It's not all goodwill.

"I hate New York fans even more than Boston fans. So I can't wait to go up there and crush 'em!" said Mikey Verchi of Glendora, N.J.

With that mentality, you can imagine how the next part of the deal would go over.

The losing market has to wear the winning team's jerseys.

"Everyone over there is going to have to dress up in Yankees gear and take pictures!" Margiotta said. "I have a bet with my shipper he will have to walk around his office all day in Yankees stuff."

"I will burn a Yankees jersey but I will never put one on living in Philadelphia, or being a Phillies Phan," said Jason Weiss of South Philadelphia. "Never!"

We're told a truckload is ten tons, and if the Phillies win it will go to Philabundance, Philadelphia's local food bank.

Remember, you don't have to place a bet to make a difference. To donate to Philabundance, visit their website or call (215) 339-0900



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