By Derrick DePledge
Political rivalries can often be intense, but Democrats and Republicans have nothing on the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Often considered baseball's greatest rivalry, the bad blood started when both teams were in New York and festered when the clubs moved west.
So when state Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran of Maui -- a Giants fan -- honored Maui-bred Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox on the Senate floor Tuesday, the senator omitted the name of the team that first drafted the Flyin' Hawaiian, the hated Dodgers. The senator obliquely referred to the Dodgers as a West Coast team or the team that drafted Victorino.
"I'm a Giants fan," Agaran said afterward. "I couldn't bring myself."
Other senators also shared their baseball faith. Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom -- the only Republican in the chamber, and ever the contrarian -- said he was a New York Yankees fan but praised Victorino anyway.
Sen. David Ige said he was a lifelong Red Sox fan who had suffered through years of Yankee domination. The Red Sox have won the World Series three times since 2004, when Boston broke an 86-year title drought and the "Curse of the Bambino," the ill-fated decision to trade away Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
Ige credited Victorino for his role in Boston's World Series title last season.
The state House also honored Victorino on Tuesday.