Politicians Prove They Have Lives (Kind Of): Congressional Baseball Showdown 2010

by MADELEINE STARKEY · July 1, 2010

Tuesday night, Congress transplanted itself to Nationals Park for the Roll Call sponsored Congressional Baseball game, in which the Asses Donkeys and Elephants battled it out on the Nationals' diamond.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele likes to think of the game as a reflection of how each party will do in the midterm elections, which is what he told Politico before the game commenced.  Unfortunately for Steele, and the rest of the Grand Old Party, the Democrats crushed the opposition 13-5.

Here's some Sports Center coverage, via Politico:

When Rep. Gresham Barrett (S.C.), who retires later this year, slammed a two-run single that tied the game at 4-4, the Dems got nervous.  But, Barrett's heroic last hurrah was not enough to clinch a win.

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Mike Conaway (R-TX), Gresham Barrett (R-SC), and Steve Scalise (R-LA) [photo via Roll Call]

This year marked the 49th anniversary of the Congressional Baseball game.  While Tuesday's game was the last for Republican Rep. Barrett, it was also the last for Democratic Reps. Brian Baird (WA.) and Bart Stupak (MI).

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Rep. Gresham Barrett

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Rep. Brian Baird...who apparently loves him some penguin

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Rep. Bart Stupak

So long, fellas!