It’s a special World Series this year: The Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a championship in 108 years, against the Cleveland Indians, who haven’t taken home the trophy in 68 years. In baseball, both droughts have been agonizing.
To get in on the fun, Chicago’s Six Flags Great America and Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point (about an hour west of Cleveland) have made a friendly wager: If the Cubs win, Cedar Point staff will sing “Go Cubs Go,” the Cubs’ victory song. If the Indians win, Great America staff will sing the classic song “Cleveland Rocks.”
That bet is relatively harmless, until you consider Cedar Point park president Jason McClure’s extra stipulation that the winning park will choose a ride of their choice in the opposing park and rename it for the opening weekend of the 2017 season.
The park rivalry isn’t without precedent. Most recently, Carowinds in Charlotte, NC went head-to-head with Denver’s Elitch Gardens this past February for a Super Bowl showdown.
Whoever wins, we’ll see if the ride renaming at the losing park actually happens. When LeBron James was debating whether or not to return to Cleveland in 2014, for example, Cedar Point promised to rename one of their coasters “King James” as a lure to get the basketball star back to his hometown. That never actually happened (though, Cedar Point did partner with the LeBron James Family Foundation, probably a more meaningful move anyway).
Either way, Cedar Point and Six Flags Great America, two of the best parks in the midwest U.S., are going to have fun with this. Stay tuned to their Twitter accounts (@cedarpoint and @SFGreat_America, respectively), as this is sure to get interesting as the World Series continues. And, check out the original wager below:
— SF Great America (@SFGreat_America) October 25, 2016