facebook linkedin twitter

Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game

June 28, 2019 by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON – Wednesday night the Democrats took the upper hand over Republicans 14-7 at the annual Congressional baseball game for charity.

The game was an opportunity for spry members of Congress to show their innate athleticism, proving there is nothing more enjoyable than mediocre baseball.

The game raised about $1.3 million for local DC youth programs and for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund. The fund honors the officers that responded to the 2017 shooting at the Republican practice for the game.

The players entered the field at Nationals Park to raucous cheers from their fans, many of whom waved signs and sported partisan red or blue garb. 

As for the teams themselves, the Republicans dressed in matching red uniforms, with an occasional MAGA hat lending a player a dash of individual style. The Democrats, by comparison, were all about a more individualistic approach, with several players giving a nod to the hometowns with their jersey selections. 

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., received a warm welcome from both sides when he jogged to the plate to lead off for the Republicans in the first inning. Scalise was critically injured two summers ago when a gunman opened fire on the Republican practice. This was his first return to bat.

The Republicans started out strong, but the Democrats quickly rallied, and Wednesday night’s victory was the party’s 10 victory in the past 11 summer classics.

Representative Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., was a real standout, sending a few shots far into the outfield that left the Republicans scrambling. Texas Representative Kevin Brady was another star of the game, at one point easily shaking off a ball that was batted into his chest to put on a clinic in hitting and base running. 

But the players from Capitol Hill weren’t the only stars to inspire applause.

The first game ball was delivered to the mound by one of the Budweiser Clydesdales. 

Army veteran D.C. Washington sang a rousing rendition of the national anthem to start the game, and Big Kenny from Big and Rich led the 7th inning stretch singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

But if there was a true showstopper among the “other performers” at the game it was the Purina pet food company’s Incredible Dog Team.

The dogs performed frisbee and high jump tricks to the acclaim and encouragement of the crowd. Only one the poodle was caught laying down on the job. He’d had enough of all the hot air on the field for one night.

A+
a-

In The News

December 6, 2021
by Dan McCue
Treasury Dept to Step Up Scrutiny of Money Laundering in Real Estate Market

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department is seeking public comment on ways to reduce money laundering and other corruption in the... Read More

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department is seeking public comment on ways to reduce money laundering and other corruption in the real estate market, part of a larger effort by the Biden administration to curb illicit financial activity as the economy continues to recover from the coronavirus... Read More

December 5, 2021
by Dan McCue
Bob Dole, Senate GOP Leader in By-Gone Era, Dies

WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., who went from majority leader to his party’s presidential candidate in 1996, died... Read More

WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., who went from majority leader to his party’s presidential candidate in 1996, died Sunday morning at age 98. According to a statement released  through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the former senator died peacefully in his sleep after having “served... Read More

December 5, 2021
by Dan McCue
Dobbs Now Supreme Court’s Most Anticipated Decision In Years

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t even the top headline in The New York Times the day after the decision was announced.... Read More

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t even the top headline in The New York Times the day after the decision was announced. That distinction went to the death of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who had died at age 64 after suffering a heart attack at his ranch... Read More

December 3, 2021
by Dan McCue
White House Correspondents’ Association Prepping for Annual Dinner Return in 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House Correspondents’ Association is laying the groundwork for the return of its annual dinner in 2022,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House Correspondents’ Association is laying the groundwork for the return of its annual dinner in 2022, after COVID-19 and related public gathering restrictions forced the cancellation of the past two events. The upcoming WHCA dinner will be held at the Washington Hilton... Read More

December 3, 2021
by Dan McCue
Second Major Wind Farm Approved Off US Coastline

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have signed off on a proposal to build a wind farm off the coast of Rhode... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have signed off on a proposal to build a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island. The South Fork Wind Project is the second commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The approximately 130 megawatt... Read More

December 3, 2021
by Reece Nations
Texas Law Prohibiting Critical Race Theory in Public Schools Goes Into Effect

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas law restricting the teaching of critical race theory principles in public schools went into effect... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas law restricting the teaching of critical race theory principles in public schools went into effect on Thursday after being enacted by Gov. Greg Abbott in June. The new law compels public school teachers to not discuss issues of controversy that encompass... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top