Friday Field Trips

Natalie, Al hold raucous pep rallies in Super Bowl cities

Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:24 AM ET


Ready for some football? The Super Bowl cities sure are.

Natalie joined Ravens nation live from Baltimore, while Al drew a crowd deep in San Francisco 49ers territory. Both hosted pep rallies before Sunday's big game. 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore and Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco joined Natalie and Al in their respective cities, announcing a friendly bet that involves a day of service and some cracked crab for the loser.

The anchors were also accompanied by cheerleaders, mascots and some of the best chefs in each city cooking up a delicious tailgate. Some colorful characters also stopped by: 

A live raven perches on Natalie's hand during the Super Bowl pep rally in Baltimore.
San Francisco's "Beach Blanket Babylon" is the longest running musical revue in theater history. Al chats with a character who sings the city's theme song while wearing an enormous hat with the San Francisco skyline on it.

Al and Natalie also held a crab-off, as the crustacean is famed from both cities

The visits were the first stop in TODAY's Friday Field Trips, where our anchors visit iconic cities throughout February.

Despite the early hour -– the show started at 4 a.m. in San Francisco -- Al and Natalie encouraged their fans to show off their city pride in person and via social media. 

Who are you cheering for? Vote in the poll below and tweet @TODAYshow your pick: #TODAYinBaltimore or #TODAYinSF. 

See more pictures from the pep rallies below: 

Where will Matt and Savannah go for next week's Friday Field Trip? Be sure to watch Monday's show when the destination will be revealed.

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