11.13.09

The New York Yankees: Hated, But Still More Popular Than Health Care

Posted in Baseball, politics at 12:02 am by

Missed this until now: last week New York Congressman Jose Serrano led the way with one of those time-wasting boilerplate Congratulations! resolutions for the Yankees.

H.RES 893 passed, but not everybody played along. From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

As a life-long Cincinnati Reds fan, Steve Driehaus couldn’t stomach supporting a resolution last week congratulating the New York Yankees on winning their 27th World Series title.

“They bought a World Series,” said Driehaus, D-West Price Hill.

When Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., and 66 co-sponsors offered the resolution last Friday, it easily passed, but 28 members – mostly from districts near Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston and Minneapolis-St. Paul – voted either “no” or “present.”…

Since 1973, no resolution honoring a past World Series champion has drawn a negative vote.

The vote Friday stands in stark contrast to 1975, when the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., sponsored a resolution congratulating the Reds for winning the World Series against his beloved Red Sox. The Senate approved that resolution unanimously….

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., who voted for the resolution, asked for ”the record to reflect the fact that I am a Mets fan, and I do not associate myself with the previous comments” favoring the Yankees.

Only one of the 28 naysayers was actually a representative from Pennsylvania.

One Response to “The New York Yankees: Hated, But Still More Popular Than Health Care”

  1. Rog says:

    They should find a way to deploy the Yankees to Iraq. I guess it’s not an election year.

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