St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) misses the tag on Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson (20), during Game 4 of best-of-five National League Division Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday, October 7, 2019. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Six Flags makes NLDS wager with St. Louis counterpart

October brings Halloween — and playoff baseball — to a few lucky cities, but for two that have a winning baseball team and a major amusement park, it also brings a wager.

If the Braves win Game 5 of the NLDS Wednesday, Six Flags St. Louis will bust out a veritable sea of Braves blue. Should the Cards take the series, roller coaster fans are going to be seeing red in Cobb County, said Six Flags Over Georgia in a press release.

Both parks are in the middle of their annual Fright Fest galas, which makes the payoff a bit ghoulish.

If Atlanta wins, visitors to Six Flags St. Louis will see skeletons smiling at them from beneath Braves caps as they enjoy a Braves Blood Bag drink mixed by barkeeps in Atlanta jerseys. If the Cardinals move on to the NLCS, Six Flags Over Georgia will rename JB’s Sports Bar & Grill for the Redbirds and a Cardinals-themed cocktail will be on the menu. Red St. Louis caps will show up on park pumpkins.

The losing park’s president will wear the opposing team’s jersey when the bet is fulfilled on the first weekend following the end of the series.

As civic sports wagers go, however, the Super Bowl XXXIII bet pitting the Palm restaurants from Atlanta and Denver against each other is the stuff of legend, according to MentalFloss.com. When the Broncos beat the Falcons, Atlanta Palm manager Willy Cellucci paid his part of the bet by working as the Denver Palm’s maitre d’ for three hours — in a Broncos cheerleader outfit.

“We had the cheerleader outfit custom made — by Denver Tent and Awning Company,” Denver Palm manager Scott Fickling told the Denver Post.

Fright Fest runs through Nov. 2 at Six Flags Over Georgia. For more information, visit sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

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