It seems that launching a successful political website is much easier than forming a successful softball team, at least in the ultra-competitive environment of Capitol Hill softball.
Despite the Daily Callers modest success as a competitor to top political websites such as the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post, the sites softball squad is still mired in a two-year losing streak. Since its founding last summer, the sites Daily Ballers have yet to register even a single victory. So far this season, they are winless in four games.
If we win a game, thatll be a big deal for us, said Alex Pappas, one of the teams coaches and a reporter for the Daily Caller. We like to think of ourselves as hard-hitting journalists but when it comes to softball, we could learn to hit the ball a little bit harder.
The Ballers first registered to play in the Senate League last year, as the website, founded by conservative pundit and journalist Tucker Carlson, readied for a January 2010 launch. During the teams first season, the players were entirely interns not a surprise in an office that hosts more than 50 interns at once.
Even though the site hadnt yet launched, There was a full-functioning staff [last summer] that wanted to get out there and get our name out there, Pappas said.
This season, he said, the team has grown up a bit a healthy mix of staffers and interns come out to play games on the Mall including the sites veteran White House correspondent, Jon Ward, who played one game with the team before deciding to call it quits.
Ward is our one serious guy, Pappas said. He came out to our first game. I dont know if he was happy with the rest of us. I think weve got to rise to his standard.
I work a lot. I have a wife and two kids. I went to one game. I decided I should probably spend my time at home, Ward said.
If it was a little bit more competitive, it might be something Id want to miss valuable time with my kids for. But its not very competitive.
But one prominent name missing from the Baller lineup is Carlson, who Pappas describes as athletic but more interested in playing squash than Hill softball.
Does the teams losing streak ever bother Pappas and the other Ballers?
Its a good excuse to get out there and enjoy the sun on the Mall, Pappas said.
At a certain point, it becomes for the love of the game, echoes Gregg Re, a Caller staffer and Baller veteran.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.