Dems Rout Republicans in 51st Annual Congressional Baseball Game
Behind hard throwing freshman Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), the Congressional Democrats routed their Republican counterparts 18-5 and the game wasn’t even that close. Fresh on heels of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, many Democrats in the stands were visibily jubilant including multiple fans who coordinate placards that spelled out “MVP Justice Roberts.”
Retiring Congressman and former Presidential candidate, Ron Paul (R-TX) was inducted into the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. Many know the hard-nosed libertarian for his stands on the federal government and foreign policy, but most don’t realize that he’s a pretty good ball player too. In 1979 he hit what is recorded as the first home run in Congressional Baseball Game history. After accepting his plaque, Congressman Paul threw out the first pitch to his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
That ended up being the highlight for Republicans on this night as the Democrats controlled the game from the opening pitch. Congressman Richmond pitched a gem and also joined in on the offensive side by crushing a ball off the top of the outfield wall. Even with the win the Democrats still trail in the overall series 36-38-1. The game was a brief reprieve from the hyper-political climate in Washington and for at least one night in June, Democrats and Republicans shared jokes, smiles and good sportsmanship. Money raised by the event will go toward the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and the Washington Literacy Center.