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Even as the press team took the lead, the cheering sections for individual members of Congress stayed enthusiastic. Designated hitter Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., had a particularly enthusiastic cheering squad of staffers who held up signs reading “Hit a Homer Heitkamp” and went wild as she blasted a hit into the outfield.
Many members of Congress also showed up to the game to support their female colleagues, including Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who was seen waving a pink pom pom; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., who said he enjoys coming out to the game every year.
“I like the spirit, I like the enthusiasm of both sides. Nobody out here wants to lose the game, but at the end of the game everybody had a good time,” Hoyer said.
Winning is always a priority for Wasserman Schultz and her team of colleagues. But she said even a loss couldn’t dampen her spirits after Wednesday’s contest.
“I said at the beginning of the warm-up for this game ... that I wanted to win. But even if I knew we would lose every game, every time I’d still come out because the real winner is the young women who survive breast cancer. And $125,000 this year will go to make sure they can deal with it.” Wasserman Schultz said. “And we’ll get ‘em next year.”