How many will he eat?

I fancy myself something of a snack cake connoisseur, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a Tastykake.

It is a regional Philadelphia-based snack cake, of several varieties.

Which is why Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali bet a box of them in his World Series wager with Archbishop Dolan (who promised bagels and cream cheese).

As this picture shows, Rigali paid up this week at the big meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

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The “kakes” look like this:

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Top photo: USCCB

Bagels vs….Tastykakes?

I’m off to the World Series in a few hours to talk to fans and write about the excitment.

Don’t be too jealous: I can’t actually see the game. The press box is filled and supplementary reporters such as myself are relegated to an auxiliary press room where we can work while we watch on TV!

But I can hear the crowd cheering (and I try to sneak a peak of the action before I get chased away by Yankee staffers who don’t like us standing between the sections of the press box).

Anyway, here’s a press release I just got:

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Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2009 World Series.

These two long-time friends spoke on Tuesday evening to settle the terms of the bet.  If the Phillies win, Archbishop Dolan will ship a dozen bagels to the City of Brotherly Love; if the Yankees prevail, Cardinal Rigali will send a box of Tastykakes to the Big Apple.

Archbishop Dolan said, “Cardinal Rigali is one of my closest and dearest friends; for several years he even served as my Archbishop so I feel a particular loyalty to him.  I know he has exquisite taste in most matters. I just wish he had better taste in baseball teams.”

Cardinal Rigali said, “I have great esteem for Archbishop Dolan.  He is a gifted spiritual leader who has been a true friend for many years.  That is why I am so sorry he will be disappointed when the Phillies successfully defend their World Championship.  We have the cream cheese ready for the bagels that I know will be arriving shortly after the Repeat in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love.”