Who says there's a 'civil war' in Oregon?
Oregon lawmakers have voted unanimously to congratulate the Oregon State University baseball team for winning the 2018 College World Series. It's just a non-binding resolution of the sort that the Legislature passes to honor and congratulate people throughout the session, so it won't compel any fans of the Ducks, Huskies or Trojans to root for their rivals, but it was a well-deserved tribute for an impressive season.
With school mascot Benny Beaver cheering on from the dugout — or, rather, the gallery — Oregon State alumna and self-described "Beaver Believer" Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis, R-Albany, presented the resolution on the House floor Wednesday.
"What the Oregon State baseball team accomplished last year was nothing short of amazing," Boshart Davis said. "These accomplishments deserve this body's commemoration."
The House voted 59-0 in favor of the resolution.
Wednesday was also OSU Day at the Capitol, with students and campus representatives milling about the building in orange T-shirts. Benny Beaver posed for pictures in the rotunda.
The Beavers went 55-12 last season. They defeated Arkansas two games to one in the College World Series final, capturing their third national title.
The University of Oregon Ducks are the Beavers' archrivals in all things, but in baseball, they haven't stacked up well in recent years. The Ducks did take down the Beavers in Corvallis in a baseball game earlier this month, though, adding some fuel to the rivalry.
Baseball fever in the Capitol this week wasn't limited to Wednesday's vote.
A Tuesday press release from Greg Stiles, House Republicans' communications director, colorfully described several Democratic proposals using, by one reporter's count, an even dozen baseball metaphors. (A sample: "You won't see the tax added on to your receipt, because they're afraid you just might steal their signs and throw them out.")