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NO. R-85.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2004 Major League Baseball World Champion Boston Red Sox.

(H.C.R.51)

Offered by:  Representatives DePoy of Rutland City, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Hube of Londonderry, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Whereas, the curse of the Bambino has haunted the Boston Red Sox, torpedoing its World Series aspirations, since the team sold ace pitcher George Herman “Babe” Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919, and

Whereas, on October 16, 2003, just when it seemed the curse was over, the Red Sox Nation could only sit and watch as Aaron Boone became the latest Yankee to renew the common saying “wait ‘til next year,” and

Whereas, in the closing weeks of 2004, the Red Sox compiled a remarkable 42‑17 record to reduce a 10‑1/2 game Yankees’ advantage to as little as 2‑1/2 games, and

Whereas, all of these stunning late season victories guaranteed the Red Sox  a postseason slot for the second consecutive year, and

Whereas, the ball players from Bean Town swept their first opponent, the Anaheim Angels, in three games, setting up the coveted rematch with their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees, and

Whereas, past history was revisited as the Red Sox lost the series’ first three games and were trailing in the eighth inning of game four by a score of 4-2, and

Whereas, with Yankee set‑up man Tom Gordon on the mound, the Red Sox offense sprung to life when David Ortiz slammed a homerun, and

Whereas, with no time to spare, Red Sox pinch-runner, Dave Roberts, stole second base and came around to score on Bill Mueller’s single to tie the game at 4‑4 and force the game into extra innings, and

Whereas, the Red Sox bullpen did its job by not allowing any runs in the next three innings, and

Whereas, in the 12th inning, with a runner on base, David “Big Papi” Ortiz hit a homerun into the right field bullpen for a stunning Red Sox win, and

Whereas, game five was another endurance contest, lasting until the 14th inning when David Ortiz’s heroism prevailed as he batted home Johnny Damon from second base, sending the series back to Yankee Stadium, and

Whereas, in game six, the Red Sox sent Curt Schilling to the mound for a performance that will become Red Sox lore, as he defeated the Yankees 4-2 despite his right ankle being temporarily sutured and his sock bloodied, and

Whereas, in the decisive seventh game, Johnny Damon drove in an American League championship series’ record six runs, and Bosox Derek Lowe pitched an impressive evening of baseball as the Red Sox completed an improbable and unimaginable comeback to earn a chance at the World Series crown, and

Whereas, David Ortiz was named the series’ most valuable player in recognition of his on‑field heroics, and

Whereas, the Red Sox then faced their World Series opponents from 1946 and 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals, confident that the new century would prove kinder to their cause, and 

Whereas, the team’s dream of winning its first World Series since 1918 was realized due to the productive bat of World Series Most Valuable Player Manny Ramirez and the pitching of Derek Lowe who won an unprecedented third playoff clinching victory, and

Whereas, three days later, approximately three million people lined the parade route in Boston to cheer on their heroes, who had now truly accomplished the “impossible dream,” now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Boston Red Sox on the team’s historic 2004 World Series Championship, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein at Fenway Park in Boston.

 



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