United States Senators Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Bob Casey, D-Pa. introduced a Senate resolution congratulating the Philadelphia Phillies on a triumphant World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.In the resolution, Specter and Casey applaud the Philadelphia Phillies, including manager Charlie Manuel, as well as the coaches and support staff "whose commitment to the Phillies franchise has sustained this proud organization and allowed the team to reach the pinnacle of success in 2008."
The senators also specially recognize the Phillies fans, including the more than 1 million fans that packed the street on October 31, 2008 for the parade. The resolutions states: "Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Senate congratulates all Phillies fans whose tenacity, perseverance, and enthusiasm are matched only by that of the team to which the fans are dedicated."
"This historic victory was the culmination of a hard-fought 2008 regular season and an exhilarating postseason run for the Phillies," Specter said. "On behalf of the United States Senate, and as an ardent Phillies fan myself, I congratulate the Phillies on winning the 2008 World Series and bringing my hometown of Philadelphia a major sports championship for the first time in 25 years."
"The Rays tried hard, but in the end, our Fightin' Phils won an overwhelming victory," said Casey. "This team reflects what Philadelphia is all about-hard work, determination and perseverance and I am proud to congratulate them on winning the 2008 World Series."
When passed, the Senate Resolution will be entered into the Congressional Record, the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.