Texas Legislators Agree On Something…The Sod Poodles
Our elected officials, at almost any level, aren't known for agreeing on much. In Texas, they can at least agree on the Sod Poodles.
According to a press release from the Sod Poodles:
House representatives John Smithee (R-Amarillo) and Four Price (R-Amarillo) and Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) today introduced resolutions respectively to welcome the Amarillo Sod Poodles Baseball team prior to their historic inaugural home
opener and celebrate the return of affiliated, professional baseball to Amarillo for the first time in 37 years.
A summary of the resolution was provided as follows:
“WHEREAS, Amarillo residents are celebrating the return of affiliated minor league baseball to the city after a 37-year absence as the Sod Poodles ball club makes its debut in April 2019;
and WHEREAS, The new Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, the Sod Poodles are the first Texas League team to call the city home since 1982, when the Amarillo Gold Sox completed a seven-year run, also as part of the Padres organization;
and WHEREAS, After launching their 2019 season at Corpus Christi on April 4, the Sod Poodles will christen their home ballpark, Hodgetown, during their April 8 home opener against the Midland RockHounds; located in downtown Amarillo, Hodgetown is a state-of-the-art baseball facility named for Jerry Hodge, who has played a leading role in getting the team established in the city;
and WHEREAS, The Sod Poodles take their name from the term that Panhandle pioneers gave to prairie dogs, and the mascot was selected from more than 3,000 proposals in the franchise ’s "Name the Team" contest; the quick-draw and cowboy-hat-tipping Sod Poodle depicted on two of the official team logos illustrates Amarillo ’s can-do spirit and hospitality; moreover, the club ’s colors of Amarillo Yellow, Texas Red and Blue, and Route 66 Retro Blue symbolize the proud history of the region and the Lone Star State; the team is already generating such excitement among local residents that there has been a call to make the Sod Poodle the state’s unofficial Herbivorous Burrowing Rodent;
and WHEREAS, The return of affiliated minor league baseball to Amarillo marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the
community, and it is indeed a pleasure to join all those associated with the Amarillo Sod Poodles in commemorating this momentous occasion...”
That's a lot of legal speak that easily translates into "Welcome to Texas, Sod Poodles. Glad to have 'ya."
The inaugural season kicks off tonight with a road game to Corpus.
At least our elected state officials can agree on something. Way to bring the parties together Amarillo, and Sod Poodles.