(CNN) – Apparently all it takes to break through Washington's seemingly never-ending cycle of partisan gridlock and stubbornness is a couple of devoted baseball fans.
The proof is in the pudding. Well, actually, it's in the pecan pie.
Republican Texas Rep. Joe Barton has represented the congressional district that houses the American League champion Texas Rangers since 1985. The Rangers will face off against the San Francisco Giants in their first World Series in their 50-year history on Wednesday night.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has represented the San Francisco district that's home to the Giants for nearly 20 years.
Barton and Pelosi placed a friendly wager Tuesday on the outcome of the World Series. If the Giants take the championship, Pelosi will be rewarded with a deep-dish pecan pie from Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas. If the Rangers make history, Barton will revel in the richness of San Francisco's Ghirardelli chocolate.
The bet wouldn't be complete without some across-the-aisle trash talking.
"I thought the Rangers winning the World Series for the first time would be sweet enough, but when Speaker Pelosi put some Ghirardelli's chocolate on the line – I knew victory would be even sweeter!" Barton said in a statement.
Not to be outdone, Pelosi fired back: "While Texas is famous for its two-step, I am about to show Congressman Barton my own: first the Giants will be victorious; second, I will enjoy his pecan pie."
The best-of-seven series begins Wednesday night in San Francisco. The Giants, despite having home field advantage, are considered the underdog.
Pelosi is already due a supply of Hershey's chocolate from Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter as a result of the Giants defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship Series.
Likewise, after the New York Yankees fell to the Rangers in the American League Championship Series, Barton was put on the receiving end of an assortment of gourmet New York deli specialties from Rep. Jose Serrano.