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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giants To Be Honored -- By Congress?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Sadly, the Congressional bill congratulating the Giants does not make mention of 'The Machine'
  • Sadly, the Congressional bill congratulating the Giants does not make mention of 'The Machine'

Congressional Bill: "Whereas the rest of the country learned to 'fear the beard'"

Rep. Nancy Pelosi -- you've heard of her -- yesterday introduced a Congressional bill "Congratulating the San Francisco Giants on Winning the 2010 World Championship."

Well, now it's official. Looks like the team jumped the gun piling up on Nov. 1.

House Resolution 1760 is co-sponsored by 18 other lawmakers. Seventeen hail from California. Rep. Joe Barton, however, represents the Texas Rangers' hometown of Arlington -- and, we're sure, is being a very good sport about this. He already delivered Pelosi five massive pecan pies to pay up on a personal World Series wager.

Here's the bill's complete text:

Congratulating the San Francisco Giants on winning the 2010 World Series Championship.

Whereas, on November 1, 2010, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers by a score of 3-1 in game 5 to win the 2010 World Series and become champions of Major League Baseball;

Whereas this is the first championship the San Francisco Giants have won since the Giants came to San Francisco from New York in 1958;

Whereas this is the sixth World Series title in the history of the Giants' franchise;

Whereas the Texas Rangers demonstrated great skill and sportsmanship in reaching their first World Series in franchise history;

Whereas the Giants acted with determination and teamwork as they emerged victorious from the fiercely contested National League Western Division;

Whereas during the National League playoffs, the Giants unleashed their arsenal of overpowering starting pitching, unflappable relief pitching, steady defense, and timely hitting to defeat the Atlanta Braves and the two-time defending National League champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, en route to capturing their first pennant since 2002;

Whereas although there is no one superstar on the roster, the Giants are a group of self-described 'castoffs and misfits' that truly exemplify what it means to be a team;

Whereas a Sports Illustrated article noted 'Not only did the Giants give their fans a winner, they also gave them an unforgettable one, one with a Playbill's worth of characters who exuded joy and thankfulness about what was happening.';

Whereas the rest of the country learned to `fear the beard';

Whereas all 25 players on the playoff roster should be congratulated, including World Series Most Valuable Player Edgar Renteria, as well as Jeremy Affeldt, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Guillermo Mota, Ramon Ramirez, Sergio Romo, Jonathan Sanchez, Brian Wilson, Buster Posey, Eli Whiteside, Mike Fontenot, Aubrey Huff, Travis Ishikawa, Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, Juan Uribe, Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz, and Andres Torres;

Whereas Managing General Partner Bill Neukom, President Larry Baer, General Manager Brian Sabean, and Manager Bruce Bochy did a tremendous job putting together the 2010 San Francisco Giants team and guiding them to the 2010 World Series;

Whereas San Francisco is a city with a rich baseball tradition where players such as Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, and Joe DiMaggio have displayed the prodigious skills that would eventually take them to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York;

Whereas the San Francisco community united in support behind their team and turned out in massive numbers to celebrate their victory in what city officials believed was the 'largest parade and civic event turnout in the city's history'; and

Whereas Giants' fans who have been ever loyal, supporting the team from China Basin to Coogan's Bluff, can once again call their baseball team world champions: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
      (1) congratulates the San Francisco Giants on winning the 2010 World Series Championship; and
      (2) commends the fans in California, across the country, and around the world for their unremitting support of the Giants.

HR 1760 was yesterday referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Hopefully it passes quickly so fans can get on with their celebrations. In the meantime, enjoy the Giants World Series trophy at City Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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