If you make a bet, you should be prepared to pay the price.
That is a lesson Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., learned the hard way Friday. After his baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, lost to the New York Mets in a playoff series last week, Schiff had to sing “Meet the Mets” on the House floor.
According to The Hill, Schiff lost a bet made with Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., in early October. Under the terms of the bet, Schiff had to wear a Mets tie, present Israel with gourmet popcorn from Pauline’s Premier Sweets and give a speech extolling the Mets’ virtues on the floor of the House. If the Dodgers had won, it would have been Israel on the floor of the House praising the team, wearing a Dodgers tie, and presenting Schiff with fresh New York bagels.
Schiff delivered his song dutifully, albeit with a rather subdued enthusiasm — at one point he begged the Speaker to say time had expired. Schiff was, he said, still happy for the Mets. “I say thank God the Mets are going to the World Series and not the Yankees,” he explained, then yielded his time.