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.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.