April 7, 2007
On August 11, 2006 before a game against the Florida Marlins the Arizona Diamondbacks recognized Arizona Senate President Ken Bennett by allowing him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The pitch was a little wimpy and I came away not thinking too highly of Mr. Bennett’s throwing abilities. After the pitch the Diamondbacks announcers stated that the reason Bennett was throwing out the first pitch was for his efforts on behalf of House Bill 2727 which was signed by Governor Janet Napolitano earlier that day. I totally am oblivious to the workings of the state legislature so I had no clue what House Bill 2727 even was or if it was important to me. For all I knew that bill would make the red-shanked grasshopper the state bird of Arizona. I have noting really against the red-shanked grasshopper. From what I know of grasshoppers they too think it is tough to be a bug, they hate birds, and they sound like James Woods (at least they did in that movie A Bug’s Life). But that was not what House Bill 2727 was about. No it was much cooler than that.