Outfield/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Hazleton Hits S | Throws L | Votes R
Barletta once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, and his team is hoping the Democrats’ lineup won’t be able to withstand his pitching arm. He’ll be wearing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees uniform, No. 7.
Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)
Manager Elected 1984 Home: Ennis Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Team manager Barton is keeping his strategy under wraps, but he guarantees that he has a few tricks up his No. 6 Texas Rangers sleeve. He did disclose one tactic: “We’re going to church regularly and praying.”
Second Base Elected 1996 Home: The Woodlands Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Brady captained a scrimmage team during the GOP practices, and the Republican Party is counting on him to get on base and make crucial plays from second. Brady will be sporting the uniform of the Rapid City, S.D., American Legion Post 22 team.
Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)
First Base Elected 2004 Home: Midland Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
The GOP’s first baseman is optimistic about his team’s chances going against the Democrats. As for his contribution, Conaway says, “I cheer well.” He’ll be wearing a No. 11 Texas Tech uniform.
Third Base Elected 2000 Home: Mesa Hits L | Throws R | Votes R
A Congressional baseball star, Flake is as focused on winning this party matchup as he is on getting elected to the Senate in November. “It’s time for revenge,” says Flake, who will be sporting the No. 6 jersey of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
First Base/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Ooltewah Hits L | Throws L | Votes R
Fleischmann is eager to make his return to the game after a photo of his play at second base landed on the front page of a national publication last year. “This is what’s great about America. Baseball is what’s great about America,” Fleischmann says. Look for him in a No. 3 University of Tennessee Volunteers uniform.
Outfield Elected 2004 Home: Tyler Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Gohmert feels good about his team’s chances, especially because, he admits, “We really can’t do any worse than we did last year.” He’ll be in the gray of Texas A&M University, sporting No. 1 for his district.
Catcher/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Marietta Hits S | Throws R | Votes R
Johnson played baseball in high school and fast-pitch softball in the Air Force. “After 25 years out of the game, I haven’t struck out yet against these pitchers,” he says. The Democrats should watch out for Johnson’s curveball. He’ll be wearing the uniform of Marietta College.
Third Base Elected 1992 Home: Savannah Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
“After five nights of midnight Appropriations committees, you have nothing better to do than get up at 6 a.m. and see the guys you just said bye to, except they’re a bit uglier.” He’ll wear a Chain Baseball Academy uniform.
Outfield/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Channahon Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Last year, Kinzinger opted out of the 7 a.m. practices, but this year he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate. “We’re all competitive by nature, so we’re going to compete our faces off,” the team’s youngest member says. He’ll be in the No. 7 jersey of Illinois State University.
Shortstop/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Indian Land Hits L | Throws R | Votes R
Playing on a major league field is a dream come true for Mulvaney, who says he’s a Nationals fan. He’ll be in the uniform of Winthrop University, sporting No. 5 for his district.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (Miss.)
Utility Elected 2010 Home: Biloxi Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Palazzo will be representing the Golden Eagles of his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, where his preferred sport was intramural flag football. Last year, his 10-year-old son served as a bat boy while Palazzo was content to stay put on the bench.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Bowling Green Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul, hit a rare over-the-fence home run. Even if he can’t replicate that, he knows his team has been training hard. “We’ve gone high-tech,” he says of the pitching machine used at practice. The team’s only Senator will be sporting the jersey of Western Kentucky University, No. 8.
Right Field Elected 2008 Home: Eden Prairie Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
His teammates chide him for having learned to catch a fly ball only just in time for this game. “My housemates force me out of bed at 6 a.m.,” Paulsen jokes. He’ll be wearing the Minnesota Twins, No. 3.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Hobbs Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
“We have the will to win,” says the right fielder. The Republicans are pinning their hopes on MVP Pearce’s hitting abilities, and to prepare he has been spending a lot of time in the batting cages. He’ll be wearing a maroon New Mexico State University uniform, No. 8.
Rep. Todd Platts (Pa.)
Catcher Elected 2000 Home: York Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
The six-term Member is back for another round of bipartisan sportsmanship, and he’ll be sporting the No. 5 jersey from the York Revolution, an independent minor league team.
First Base Elected 2008 Home: Tequesta Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Rooney’s family may own the Pittsburgh Steelers, but at this game he’ll be wearing the No. 16 uniform of the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The first baseman is looking for a chance to wear out Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond’s arm. “We just want to win so bad.”
Rep. Dennis Ross (Fla.)
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Lakeland Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Ross, one of his team’s strongest hitters, will be wearing the No. 6 jersey of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Second Base Elected 2008 Home: Jefferson Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Wearing the No. 1 Nicholls State University uniform in honor of his district, Scalise is proud of the way the baseball game knits Members of Congress closer together. “We’re ready to go to the big league park,” says the four-year veteran of the game.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Ashburn Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Scott will be in left field wearing the uniform of his son’s Little League team. “It’s a great opportunity to see Members of Congress of both parties working together to raise money for charity,” Scott says.
Infield/Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Rogers Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Womack is looking for action at the plate in his second appearance. “The first goal is don’t do anything embarrassing, then don’t get hurt,” he says. Womack will be wearing the uniform of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, No. 3.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.