From the Arkansas Statehouse...

Cliff Lee/Wal-Mart day at the ledge.

In Resolutions and Ceremonies on 3 February 2009 at 3:59 pm

The Senate today recognized Benton native and 2008 Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee with a lengthy and presumably not-plagiarized resolution outlining his accomplishments. After an abysmal 2007, Lee turned in a 22 win, three loss season last year as he became the ace of a Cleveland Indians squad that traded C.C. Sabathia to the Brewers mid-season. He posted a career-high 170 strikeouts, and his 5.0 K/BB ratio helped long-sighted fantasy owners throughout the nation.

Lee made himself available for comment after a ceremony with Gov. Beebe. He declined to say which hitter he feared most, listing Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkillis, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero as tough outs.

And, no, he had no opinion on the cigarette tax hike.

Lee’s appearance set off chaos on the Senate floor, as legislators rushed to get their baseballs signed before completion of business.

A heated discussion on HB1098, which moves back the age cutoff for some kindergarten students, occupied the first hour of today’s Senate session. Though the bill passed with seven opposing votes — it now goes to the Governor’s desk — the length of the debate apparently caused the Lee ceremony to be moved up before the consideration of other bills.

The Senate’s praise for Lee was only slightly more pronounced than its praise for Wal-Mart this afternoon. Today was Wal-Mart day, and representatives of the company sitting in the gallery received commendations and an ovation from Senators on the floor. The Senators got cloth bags with that spiffy new logo on them.

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