Barton may have a reason to be upbeat. Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Platts, replacing Barrett behind the plate, appeared to be totally in control. Rep. Tom Rooney, a Florida freshman whose family owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, looked like a natural at first base, cleanly picking throws out of the dirt and displaying a cannon with his throws home.
Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, who was sharing first-base duty with Rooney, acknowledged that the team looked a little rusty, but he said they should be able to overcome the exodus of veteran players and keep this years game close.
All teams evolve, Conaway said. No one gets to play forever. Weve got the makings of a good team.
The 49th annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game takes place June 29 at Nationals Park. Game time is 7 p.m. For ticket information, go to congressionalbaseball.org.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.