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Republicans and Democrats return to Nationals Park tonight for the 50th installment of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, an event filled with camaraderie, competition, charity and even, on occasion, some decent baseball.
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is a freshman on the House floor, but on the baseball field, hes a veteran.
Ahead of the opening pitch in last years annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Democratic manager Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.) had a vision. In it, retiring Rep. Gresham Barrett (S.C.), who was not expected to play, would come off the bench for one final at bat and win the game for the GOP.
The Democratic team hopes to extend its winning streak to three, while the Republican squad expects that an infusion of freshman talent will earn it the victory. The 50th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is fun and games and for a good cause but it is also serious business.
Wearing a purple Colorado Rockies jacket and a look of determination, the rookie phenom whom Democrats have pinned their hopes on for this years Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game stepped up to the plate for batting practice.
Rep. Mel Watt (D) didnt get a chance to play baseball at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, which he attended at a time in the 1960s when few, if any, African-Americans played on Tar Heel teams.
Every year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington brings a group of children and teenagers to the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.