You know that summer is fast approaching in Washington, D.C., when your favorite Members of Congress make their way from Capitol Hill to Nationals Park for a family-friendly game of baseball. Just when you thought their public service skills could not get any worse, we’re here to tell you that they do—but at least this time it’s for charity!
Though rain storms threatened the area, the skies cleared just in time for the 52nd Annual Congressional Baseball Game which was held on June 13. Despite Republicans’ best efforts, they lost by a landslide—22-0 Democrats—marking the fifth year in a row that the donkeys have taken the glory.
The game featured an excellent lineup for the Democrats, including our very own veterinarian in Congress, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.). According to Roll Call’s roster sheet, the third-term congressman played outfield wearing a Salem-Keizer Volcanoes uniform, a minor league baseball team and San Francisco Giants affiliate located in the heart of his district in Keizer, Ore. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) tweeted a picture of the Democrats after their victory, including Rep. Schrader.
It was nice to see both the Ds and the Rs put their politics aside for a little fun at the game. The New York Daily News quipped: “Before the game, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul joked during practice, ‘We had the NSA go through the Democrats, go through their batting records, and we’re really excited about what we discovered.’”
It’s too bad Sen. Paul’s pre-game research did not help his Republicans win the victory. Maybe this calls for his Republican colleague—and our other veterinarian in Congress—U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (Fla.) to play in next year’s game? We’ll see if it makes it as one of AVMA’s “Active Pursuit” issues next year.
All fun and games aside, the event is a great social outing for Washingtonians, drawing roughly 8,000 spectators this year to watch our elected officials run the bases. It also raised more than $300,000 for the Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Nationals Dream Foundation.
To learn more about the game’s evolution, see a great historical recap in the National Journal from June 13.