For winning the World Series on the eve of California's Election Day, the San Francisco Giants should have expected this, perhaps.
In a single sentence, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger found a way Monday both to congratulate the Giants and to throw a political jab at Proposition 23, which would suspend the state's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law.
"The San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers tonight, just like California voters are going to defeat the attempts of dirty Texas oil companies to undo our clean energy laws at the polls tomorrow," he said in a written statement.
The termed-out Republican governor then dropped politics to give what amounted to a standing ovation.
"Throughout the season and post-season, the Giants have shown remarkable determination and excellence," Schwarzenegger said.
"They have made this state proud and shown the world what we are capable of. I join all Californians in congratulating the entire Giants organization, coaching staff, players and fans on this much-deserved win."