86R12656 CW-D
  By: Smithee H.R. No. 831
         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;
         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;
         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; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate the Amarillo Sod Poodles on their
  inaugural 2019 season and extend to the team's players, coaches,
  and staff sincere best wishes for success this year and in seasons
  to come; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the team as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.