With mostly a look of bemusement, Phil Hughes carried a flag, encased in a thick wooden frame, into the clubhouse Sunday morning and set it down in front of his locker.
The inscription read: “This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol on June 24, 2008. At the request of the Honorable Bill Pascrell Jr. member of Congress, this flag was flown for Phil Hughes.”
The plaque was signed by Stephen T. Ayers, the Acting Architect of the Capitol.
Hughes said he has never met Pascrell, a democrat who represents the eighth District of New Jersey, and was not aware of the flag’s existence until Sunday.
According to capitolflags.gov (seriously), anyone can purchase a flag, either for themselves or for someone else, to be flown over the Capitol and they can do so through either their congressman or senator's office. So the mystery deepens.
*** Report time was about 20 minutes earlier today that it had been the previous three days. CC Sabathia threw yesterday and A.J. Burnett isn't scheduled to throw until Monday. According to the schedule posted in the clubhouse, Javier Vazquez will throw a bullpen this morning.