CONGRESS Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden is basking in the afterglow of his perfect game last Sunday. He appeared on two network morning shows, read David Letterman's Top 10 list, is featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated and now Braden's fabulous Mother's Day gem is receiving attention in the halls of Congress.
Rep. Pete Stark, along with Reps. Jerry McInerney and Barbara Lee today offered a resolution for consideration recognizing Braden's May 9 perfect game. A press release from Stark's office says the trio is working with others in the California delegation to build support for the resolution. No word on whether members from the San Francisco peninsula will support recognizing Braden's accomplishment. Here's a section of the resolution that may upset congress members with a majority of Giants fans in their district:
Whereas the team has played at their current home in Oakland since 1968, winning 4 World Series, 6 American League pennants, and 14 West Division titles.Why would Giants fans fret? Since arriving in San Francisco in 1958, the Giants have won zero World Series titles, which is the same amount your recreational softball team has won.
To put it in perspective, when Stark was first elected to Congress, the Giants attempt for greatness had already been fruitless for 14 years. Older Giants fans have lived and died without a championship parade in The City. America has fought a Cold War with the Soviets, put a man on the moon, invented Velcro, clobbered communism and put up with David Hasselhoff all while the Giants failed to reach the pinnacle of their sport.
Legislators from San Francisco might not be the only lawmakers uninterested in recognizing Braden's accomplishment. Delegates from New York could protest Braden's feud against Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez for trotting across the lefthander's mound in a game last month in Oakland.
Who's kidding who, nobody pays attention to honorary resolutions, anyways. In this case, though, the fans also get recognition from Stark and company.
HR 1351 not only lauds Braden's emotional perfect game Sunday against Tampa Bay but also thanks the legion of A's fans across the Bay Area and nation (There were over 12,000 fans for a Sunday game, Stark could have presumably thanked each one personally.) And if any Giants fans here have any snarky rhetoric against the Athletics, may Bill King haunts your dreams tonight.
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