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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.