November 05, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Introduce Congressional Resolution Honoring New York Yankees For Their World Series Win

Yankees Beat the Philadelphia Phillies Last Night to Win Their 27th World Series

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a congressional resolution honoring the New York Yankees for beating the Philadelphia Phillies and winning their 27th World Series, the most wins of any major league sports franchise. The resolution recognizes and honors the Yankees for their storied history, for their many contributions to the national pastime, and for continuing to carry the standards of character, commitment, and achievement for baseball and for the State of New York.
 
“The New York Yankees proved to the world last night that they are the greatest baseball team in the history of the sport,” Schumer said. “Not only did the Yankees play their best to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, they brought home the pennant for a record breaking 27th time. I tip my hat to the Yankees for their love for the game and to all of Yankee nation. I can’t think of a team more deserving of this honor and I know this is the least we can do to recognize their great accomplishments.”
 
“Congratulations to the New York Yankees and the best fans in the world for a record breaking championship season,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The 2009 Yankees team displayed the character and commitment to excellence that personifies this storied franchise. I am proud to honor the Steinbrenner family and the entire Yankees organization for their tremendous achievements and contribution to New York.”
 
Below is a copy of the full resolution: 
 
Recognizing and honoring the New York Yankees.
 
RESOLUTION
 
Recognizing and honoring the New York Yankees.
 
Whereas the New York Yankees are the winningest franchise in professional sports history;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees have won 27 World Series, the most by any major league franchise;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees have played 96 seasons in the City of New York;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees became a baseball icon in the 1950's by winning 5 World Series in a row;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees' dominance was ignited in 1920 by the appearance of the indomitable Babe Ruth in pinstripes;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees won their first championship in 1923, the year that Yankee Stadium opened, and won their 27 championship in 2009, the first year of the new Yankee Stadium;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees have retired 11 numbers for 12 baseball legends;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees have had a player win the American League batting title 9 times;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees are represented in the Baseball Hall of Fame by 17 players who were inducted wearing the distinctive New York Yankee cap;
 
Whereas the New York Yankees have fielded teams such as the 1927 `Murderers' Row'; and
 
Whereas George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in 1973, and returned them to prominence winning 7 Worlds Championships under his direction; and
 
Whereas the 2009 New York Yankees won 114 games while winning the American League East Division, the American League Championship Series and the World Series;
 
Whereas the Yankees were led by Manager Joe Girardi, and future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, who both continued their legacies of  postseason excellence, and the first Japanese born player to ever win the World Series MVP, Hideki Matsui; and
 
Whereas the New York Yankees are the model franchise in sports for meeting the high standards they set for themselves: Now, therefore, be it
 
Resolved,
 
SECTION 1. CONGRATULATION AND COMMENDATION.
 
The Senate recognizes and honors the New York Yankees--
 
(1) for their storied history;
 
(2) for their many contributions to the national pastime; and
 
(3) for continuing to carry the standards of character, commitment, and achievement for baseball and for the State of New York.
 
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