House resolution to honor Braden’s perfect game

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; and Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, today introduced H.Res. 1351, congratulating Dallas Braden and the Oakland A’s for pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Now, don’t get all aflutter because Stark, the Congressman from FREMONT, is the lead author on a resolution honoring the OAKLAND A’s. It’s nothing. Really.

Here’s the text:

Whereas, on May 9, 2010, Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden pitched a no-hitter without allowing any base runners;

Whereas the Oakland Athletics defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California by a score of 4-0;

Whereas Dallas Braden threw 109 pitches with no walks and six strikeouts;

Whereas players Cliff Pennington and Kevin Kouzmanoff scored one run each, and Daric Barton scored two;

Whereas Dallas Braden was raised in Stockton, California and played high school baseball at Stagg High School in Stockton, California, and played collegiate baseball for American River College and the Texas Tech Red Raiders before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2004 and making his major league debut with the team in 2007;

Whereas Dallas Braden’s mother, Jodie Atwood, tragically died of cancer when he was in high school, Braden celebrated Mother’s Day with his grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, with a hug on the field after his perfect game when he presented her with the game ball;

Whereas the accomplishment was the result of the hard work of every player and coach on the Oakland Athletics baseball team, including Dallas Braden, Cliff Pennington, Daric Barton, Ryan Sweeney, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Eric Chavez, Adam Rosales, Eric Patterson, Landon Powell, Rajai Davis, and Manager Bob Geren;

Whereas this marks the nineteenth perfect game in Major League Baseball history;
Whereas Hall of Famer James “Catfish” Hunter pitched the only other perfect game in Oakland Athletics history against the Minnesota Twins on May 8, 1968;

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: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) congratulates Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics for pitching a perfect game on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010;

(2) recognizes the achievements of the players, coaches and staff of the Oakland Athletics whose hard work helped Dallas Braden to complete the perfect game;

(3) recognizes the loyalty of Athletics baseball fans in the East Bay and around the United States.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Vince Kelsey

    what a joke. Gee can I be honored for paying my taxes on time so these CA politicians can spend their time on ridiculous issues such as this?

    Maybe we should place a Smart Meter on politicians to see how much tey are costing taxpayers!

  • Elwood

    Be thankful they’re spending their time on this rather than screwing up the country any worse than they already have!

  • J

    While I admit that this effort is a poor cousin to giving a “winner” a ticker tape parade– as it is far cheaper, and took only a few easy minutes to dictate– it is not so big of a deal to whine about it. If elected officials can’t multi-task enough to take a bit of their own time to make an inexpensive “feel good” symbolic gesture, then they shouldn’t be in office. Public life is about recognizing the good, as well as the bad.

    And if you believe that your bothering to pay your taxes is the same as representing a region of the state in competition and succeeding by pitching a rare perfect game… then you’re delusional. Take a chill pill, Napoleon; this piece of paper isn’t hurting you, or anyone else. It’s may be a polite nothing, or a bit of grandstanding, but it’s still a way of publicly patting a local guy on the back for a rare athletic accomplishment without coughing up cash for the more traditional parade.

  • Someone has got to put term limits on “whereas”.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Amen to that.