[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/28/art.worldseries.jpg caption="Tonight the World Series starts, but the competition is already tense on Capital Hill."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The players have yet to hit the field, but World Series trash-talking is already in full swing - on Capitol Hill.
It started on Monday with a bet on who was going to win the World Series. New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will send Pennsylvania Sens. Arlen Specter and Robert Casey Junior's Cheesecakes if the Philadelphia Phillies win and if the Yankees win, Schumer and Gillibrand will receive a supply of Philly cheesesteaks.
Gillibrand fired back on Wednesday: "@SenArlenSpecter Respectfully, Senator, sir...you're going down!"
But Specter stuck to his major league guns. "Hey @SenGillibrand, can you recommend a good cheesecake? We will be too busy celebrating the Phillies victory to decide."
Gillibrand explained the exchange for any confused constituents: "Just a friendly wager w/ @SenArlenSpecter over who will win the World Series."
Schumer and Casey do not have active Twitter accounts, but that hasn't kept them on the bench. "I give Senators Specter and Casey credit for sticking with their team but I can already taste those delicious Philly cheesesteaks," Schumer said in a joint statement issued by both states' senators earlier this week.
Casey was having none of it: "If the Phillies keep up their extraordinary efforts at the plate, on the mound and in the field, it is only a matter of time until Senator Specter and I are able to enjoy some delicious cheesecake."
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