Bay State Senators Join In Crowing Over Sox Win

By Shujie Leng
BU News Service

WASHINGTON—Massachusetts’ two senators Thursday joined in the crowing over the Red Sox World Series win the previous evening.

“I’m the senator from Massachusetts, home of the World Series champion  Boston Red Sox,” declared Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., dressed in a red suit, as she started her opening statement before a session of the Senate Banking Committee.

Later, in another Senate committee hearing on higher education, Warren went out of her way to ask a witness from Boston the first question.

“Sorry, I’d like to work it [in] very subtly,” she said, smiling at Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who was chairing the hearing.

In a Senate floor speech later in the day, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., paid tribute to the Red Sox efforts, before introducing his first Senate bill promoting renewable energy.

“Behind the bat of Big Papi, the arms of Jon Lester and John Lackey, and the power of the beard, this remarkable Red Sox team took us from last in the division to first in the world,” Markey exulted.

Prior to the World Series start, Markey made a bet with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that called for McCaskill to make donation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund if the Red Sox won.

In turn, Markey had pledged last week to make a donation to a St. Louis–based charity – Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri  —  “in the unlikely event that the Cardinals prevail,” as a Markey press release put it.

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