FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2007) Community leaders in Ashland today unveiled signs marking the "Brandon Webb Highway" in honor of Webb - the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher who is the first Kentuckian to win a Cy Young Award.
"I am honored by this outpouring of support from not only my friends, family and fans, but from my state as well," said Webb, as he gathered with former coaches, legislators and others gathered in his hometown for the ceremony.
Webb, who just finished his fifth Diamondbacks season with an 18-10 record and 3.01 earned run average in 2007, was the runner up for the National League Cy Young Award after winning the prestigious honor last year.
Governor Steve Beshear praised Webb's contributions and record setting achievements.
"Mr. Webb has brought permanent recognition to Kentucky through his talent and hard work," said Governor Steve Beshear. "We want to recognize him his contributions by naming this highway in his honor."
The 2007 General Assembly declared that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet designate a section of US 60 in Ashland - from the city limits to Beech Street - as the Brandon Webb Highway.
"It's a fitting recognition for a man who has made his hometown proud," said Representative John Vincent of Ashland, who sponsored the naming opportunity.
"Mr. Webb exemplifies what the young men and women, of our Commonwealth can achieve," continued Vincent. "He is an outstanding role model for young Kentuckians. He has represented Ashland and the Commonwealth with honor and dignity."
Sen. Walter Blevins of West Liberty and Rep. Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook, House Majority Floor Leader, who also represent Boyd County, said the legislature is always excited to honor such hometown heroes.
"It's a permanent marker of the achievement of a person who has given so much of himself, not only to baseball but also to his community," Senator Blevins said.
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Joe Prather also called the new highway name a fitting tribute.
"Road signs and highway markers are maintained in perpetuity, which means the spotlight Mr. Webb has brought to his hometown will be remembered for generations to come," Prather said. "It's a pleasure to help do that for such a deserving citizen."
Highway signs denoting the Brandon Webb Highway are now installed on US 60 (13th Street) near Raybourne Road at the city limits and at Beech Street.
Webb was a 1997 graduate of Ashland's Paul G. Blazer High School, where he enjoyed great success on the baseball diamond. He subsequently played for the University of Kentucky before joining the majors.
Webb has made 163 career starts with 880 strikeouts and has a career record of 65-55. Last season, he set an Arizona club record with 42 consecutive scoreless innings.
Webb attends numerous charity events throughout the year, and hosts a baseball camp for children in Ashland during the holidays.
Webb resides in Arizona with his wife, Alicia, and daughter Reagan.