TUCKER, Ga. (October 26, 2021) – On the eve of the historic World Series meeting between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros, the mayors of two area cities have agreed to get in on the competition with a friendly wager. Tucker, Georgia Mayor Frank Auman, a lifelong Braves fan, challenged Deer Park, Texas Mayor Jerry Mouton, Jr. to a bet on which mayor’s team will win the Fall Classic. The mayor whose team loses will have to wear the opposing team’s jersey during an upcoming City Council meeting.
“I’m glad Mayor Mouton is joining me in this friendly competition,” Auman said. “Here in Braves Country, we’re all excited about the run our team is on. The series with Houston should be a great one, but I’m confident you will not see me wearing an Astros jersey anytime soon.”
“As a die-hard Houston Astros fan, a little friendly competition is right up my alley,” Mouton added. “I look forward to watching the Tucker and Deer Park communities support their team throughout the World Series. Even though the Houston Astros are going to take home the trophy, we wish the Braves luck in competing for the title of 2021 World Series Champions.”
Tucker and Deer Park are similar in many ways. Both are small cities with populations just shy of 40,000 people. Both are suburbs of major cities, Tucker being just east of Atlanta and Deer Park sitting to the east of Houston. Each city is also about a 20-minute drive from their respective downtown city centers. And both cities are passionate about their baseball teams.
The Braves won their fourth consecutive National League East title this season, then advanced to the World Series with an NLDS win over the Milwaukee Brewers and a dramatic NLCS win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros, world champions in 2017, came under serious scrutiny for their role in a cheating scandal that helped them to win their lone title in franchise history.
First pitch of Game One of the World Series is set for 8:09 p.m. from Houston’s Minute Maid Park.