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Heard on the Hill: Wait Just a New York Minute

It would seem that congratulating the New York Yankees on their World Series win would be a fairly straightforward thing. But faster than you could say “Brooklyn Bridge,” things got a bit complicated.

The Mets-Yankees divide is roiling the New York delegation. Rep. Eliot Engel (D) appeared on the House floor on Friday sporting a Yankees hat to congratulate the winning team. But that image set some Yanks fans a-grousing, since Engel’s a die-hard Mets guy.

“Don’t worry, he hasn’t switched allegiances. We’re just happy New Yorkers,” says Engel spokesman Jeremy Tomasulo, who noted that the Yankees cap was only on his boss’s head oh-so-briefly.

But some Mets fans weren’t buying into the Empire State rendition of “Kumbaya,” politics be damned: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) was notably absent from the list of sponsors of the resolution formally congratulating the Bronx Bombers. One might think Weiner, who is thought to have aspirations of being the Big Apple’s mayor, would want to curry favor with the big chunk of its residents who root for the Pinstripes.

It seems, though, that Weiner’s loyalty to the Mets runs even deeper than his political ambitions — even though he acknowledges that his team isn’t in the same league as the Yanks. “I only follow double-A baseball,” Weiner tells us. “I’m a Mets fan.”

One guy who had no conflicted feelings, though, was the resolution’s sponsor, Rep. José Serrano (D), who tells HOH that he’s such a baseball (and Yanks, natch) fan, that he passes out baseball cards instead of business cards.

An over-the-moon Serrano had some crackerjack analysis of the team for HOH: He says he hopes the Yankees hang onto Hideki Matsui, despite rumors that they will trade the Series MVP. “I like him, not just for what he did in the series, but for what he does all year long,” he says. And as for Alex Rodriguez’s penchant for dating celebs? “It certainly hasn’t hurt him,” Serrano adds.

It’s Whose Party? It was a business-as-usual reception for Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) marking a year since his election, until a surprise party-crasher turned the gathering into a bizarro scene.

The party last Wednesday in honor of Wicker’s leadership political action committee, hosted by FedEx Corp. at their offices near the Senate office buildings, was wrapping up and Republicans — including Wicker’s staffers and a few current and former Senators — were still mixing and mingling. A tall man walking two dogs on leashes sauntered in, according to a guest who witnessed the strange happenings.

Wicker walked over to introduce himself to the new guest, and the interloper identified himself as Rep. John Hall. In an odd turnabout, the New York Democrat then thanked Wicker for coming to the event. A gracious but slightly mystified Wicker replied, “Of course.”

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