Creative fans, party politics, C-SPAN souvenirs and $10 tickets – the annual congressional baseball game in Washington, D.C., is the most fun I’ve ever had at a baseball game.
Many of the players, long before becoming politicians, played baseball in college or the minor leagues. Rep. Joe Baca, a Rialto lefty, is one of the few Inland Empire congressmen to play in the annual game. He wears an LA Dodgers uniform. And despite his pot belly, he pitches fast and swings hard.
Every few years, my annual U.S. Army Reserve training in Maryland coincides with the boys from Capitol Hill turning into the boys of summer. The game is held at Nationals Park, where the Washington Nationals play.
The Democrats naturally sit on the left-field side and the Republican sit on the right-field side.
June 28 was a happy day for Democrats. The US Supreme Court shredded the U.S. Constitution by upholding ObamaCare and the U.S. House Democrats on the 51st annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game won 18-5.
Their fans were justifiably jubilant. Several held up a sign, “Justice Roberts MVP” and several sang, “We love healthcare.”
And the women on the first-base side of the field were hotter.
As a fan, you wonder whether these guys are going to shatter when they dive for balls. They play for pride and leave everything on the field.
I’ve visited about every institution in the Washington, D.C., area over the years. But some of the most fun I’ve ever had was watching the old guys play ball.