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No Cross-Dressing for Governor Rendell In World Series Bet

Bitter baseball rivals - the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees - will face off in the 2009 World Series, but the rivalry turned political on CNBC’s Squawk Box this week.

“The Yankees will win the World Series in six games,” said New York Governor David Paterson, “and Governor Rendell … should wear the Yankees T-shirt the day after the World Series.”

  • Video: Paterson Slams Phillies

“We know at least half the people in New York are rooting for the Phillies – all Mets fans – because they hate the Yankees,” replied Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

  • Video: Rendell's Response

The pinnacle was reached Tuesday morning on "Squawk Box" when Gov. Paterson agreed to cross-dress in a Phillies skirt if the Yankees lost the series.

“I won’t have to pay, so I’ll take the bet,” replied a confident Paterson.

Despite his confidence in the Phillies, Rendell turned down the offer when challenged the following day.

“The people of Pennsylvania are ready for a lot of things,” he explained. “… But they’re not ready to see me in … a Yankees skirt.”