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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.