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Heard on the Hill: Play Ball Like a Girl

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There’s a female Speaker, a female secretary of State and a potential new female Supreme Court justice — but somehow, the gals of Congress just don’t show up to play baseball.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the only female Member expected to suit up for the 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game tonight at Nationals Park. Ros-Lehtinen is a veteran on the GOP squad, and she plans to sport a Florida Marlins uniform, as she had done in past seasons. “And every year, I do a fabulous job of warming up the bench,” she joked to HOH.

Motherly duties will keep the woman who is the most notable female player in Congressional baseball history off the field tonight. Rep. Linda Sánchez has played in half a dozen games — sporting the number “IX” in honor of Title IX — and earned kudos for making it on base several times.

But this year, the California Democrat will be watching from the stands with her husband, Jim Sullivan, and their infant son, Joaquin. “The entire time I’ve played hardball with the boys, I have tried to encourage and recruit other women to come out and play. It really is my favorite time of the year, and such a great experience,” she told HOH. “Unfortunately, I’ve had no takers.”

So that leaves Ros-Lehtinen standing alone to represent the women of Congress — and she didn’t appear confident she’d make it onto the field this time around, either. “I’m proud to be representing my gender this year, but the only way I’ll get to play is if the GOP team is 30 runs ahead,” she said.

Sánchez did have some advice for Ros-Lehtinen. “There’s no crying in the Congressional Baseball Game ... unless you are Coach [Mike] Doyle and the Democrats have lost again,” she joked.

He’s Got the Look. Usually it’s interns who get called out for dressing too casually — not Senators with more than 20 years of tenure. That’s why Sen. James Inhofe raised eyebrows when he showed up to work on Tuesday morning in an outfit more suited to the golf course than the hallowed halls of the Senate.

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