Even those Members who spend nights in the hospital and months in rehab keep coming back to the game. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who will be playing second base in tonight’s game, dislocated and broke a piece off his shoulder in a head-on collision with catcher Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) in 2003.
“It was the first inning, and I was scoring from second on a single,” he remembers. “I dove headfirst in and discovered that Tim Holden is an immovable object.”
But the chipped shoulder was a worthy sacrifice. Although he didn’t realize it while being whisked away to the hospital via ambulance, Brady had dislodged the ball from Holden’s mitt and helped bring the Republicans a 5-3 win.
In other games, Brady has torn a calf muscle and broken his nose, among other injuries.
And although going all out might mean he ends up with yet another broken bone tonight, he keeps coming back, just like all the other Members who continually risk their limbs in a game less tranquil than it seems.
Their explanation is simple and bipartisan.
“This is the greatest sport ever invented,” Brady said. “I love playing baseball.”
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.