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Rep. Joe Baca (Calif.)

Second Base
Elected 1999
Home: Rialto
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

Baca is looking forward to “the excitement and the insanity of playing in the Nationals’ stadium. Reliving our dream of when we used to play ball.” He’ll wear a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform, No. 22, on game day.

Rep. Tim Bishop (N.Y.)

Third Base
Elected 2002
Home: Southampton
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

“Hopefully no one gets hurt,” says Bishop, who’ll be wearing a No. 29 jersey from Stony Brook University, which made its first-ever appearance in the College World Series this month.

Rep. Bruce Braley (Iowa)

Shortstop/Second Base
Elected 2006
Home: Waterloo
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

“The best part is the camaraderie of the game. [It’s] a dream for everyone to play on a major league field.” Braley will be decked out in the uniform of the Grinnell College Pioneers, No.12.

Rep. Russ Carnahan (Mo.)

Outfield
Elected 2004
Home: St. Louis
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

On last year’s win: “[It was] only last year that we started to win, and last year was especially sweet.” He’ll be donning the No. 3 uniform of the World Series Champion
St. Louis Cardinals.

Rep. John Carney (Del.)

Outfield
Elected 2010
Home: Wilmington
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

Carney will be wearing a No. 15 uniform of the Negro Leagues’ Homestead Grays.

Rep. Ben Chandler (Ky.)

Shortstop
Elected 2004
Home: Versailles
Hits R | Throws R | Votes S

On the history behind his Berea College practice uniform: “It was the only school south of the Mason-Dixie Line to admit African-Americans before the Civil War. There were extreme fights over it. [Today], they don’t charge tuition.” In the game, he’s wearing a Berea College No. 58 jersey.

Rep. Mark Critz (Pa.)

Second Base
Elected 2010
Home: Johnstown
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

“We won three in a row, and I’m looking forward to another Democratic win to lead to another Democratic victory in November,” Critz said. He plans to wear a Pitt Panthers jersey, No. 12.

Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.)

First Base
Elected 1998
Home: Queens
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

On Crowley’s favorite baseball player, Mike Baxter: “He’s a younger player for the Mets who pretty much saved a [crucial] game for them. His parents live in my neighborhood, and so I’ve had a chance to meet them.” He’ll be wearing a Mets jersey.

Rep. Joe Donnelly (Ind.)

Outfield
Elected 2006
Home: Granger
Hits R | Throws L | Votes S

The Hoosier Democrat will be sporting a pair of jerseys, one from Oregon-Davis High School and the other from St. Joseph High School, No. 9.

Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.)

Manager
Elected 1994
Home: Forest Hills
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

“This is different than playing 162 games a year [because] you can have a bad day, or a slump. Here, your glory or mistakes last for a year,” says Doyle, one of the few Democratic managers to retire a coveted CQ Roll Call trophy.

Rep. Tim Holden (Pa.)

Coach
Elected 1992
Home: St. Clair
Hits R | Throws R | Votes S

Holden will be wearing a No. 24 Reading Phillies jersey.

Rep. Christopher Murphy (Conn.)

Catcher
Elected 2006
Home: Cheshire
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

His wife and two children plan to come watch him play this year. Murphy will wear a jersey from the New Britain Rock Cats, the AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.)

Coach
Elected 1996
Home: Paterson
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

“I am a huge New York Yankees fan, but I would want to play for San Diego. That way I would have a shot at starting,” Pascrell says. He’ll be wearing a Fordham University jersey, No. 26.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Colo.)

Outfield
Elected 2006
Home: Golden
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

Perlmutter plans to wear a Pomona High School jersey, No. 7, to represent one of the schools in his district. It’s also where his wife, Nancy, teaches math.

Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.)

Outfield
Elected 2008
Home: Boulder
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

On quashing the comparison to A-Rod: “Everyone on the team has a nickname, mine’s always been J-Rod.” Polis says his favorite player is Todd Helton, and he plans to wear a Colorado Rockies jersey, No. 45.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (La.)

Pitcher
Elected 2010
Home: New Orleans
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

Richmond’s spectacular performance on the mound in the 2011 game earned him the nickname “Franchise” from his teammates. He will don a Tulane University uniform.

Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio)

First Base
Elected 2002
Home: Niles
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

On how long Ryan has been practicing for game day: “Twenty minutes.” He laughed. “No, actually longer than that.” He’ll be wearing a Cleveland Indians jersey.

Rep. Linda Sánchez (Calif.)

Second Base
Elected 2002
Home: Lakewood
Hits S | Throws R | Votes L

Sánchez will be attired in her traditional No. IX jersey, signifying Title IX, from the Artesia High School Pioneers.

Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.)

Center Field
Elected 1996
Home: Tacoma
Hits L | Throws R | Votes L

On if Smith has a game-day ritual: “I don’t have a ritual other than trying not to hurt myself.” He’ll wear a University of Washington jersey, No. 9.

Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.)

Second Base
Elected 2006
Home: Louisville
Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

Yarmuth will wear a University of Louisville uniform, No. 3, for the district he represents. 

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