Friday, by a 346-17 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives gave a shout-out to the New York Yankees for winning the World Series. But the resolution — H. Res. 893, to be precise — struck out with a bipartisan duo of local congressmen: Duncan D. Hunter, a Republican, and Bob Filner, a Democrat, both voted no.
It’s no surprise that a few representatives from Pennsylvania (home of the vanquished Philadelphia Phillies) and Massachusetts (home of the arch-rival Boston Red Sox) voted nay or didn’t show.
But Hunter and Filner? Do they have something against the Yankees?
Not in Hunter’s case. The San Diego native is a Padres loyalist at heart, spokesman Joe Kasper said. As for the Yankees, “it’s just they’re not the Padres.”
Filner has more reason to be a Yankees fan: He grew up in New York City, according to his biography on the House of Representatives website. But he was born in Pittsburgh, which may mean he has some sympathy for the same-state Phillies.
That’s unclear: His office wasn’t immediately able to resolve the burning question of his seeming Yankees hate.