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Congressional Softball a Strong Tradition

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Tamara Keith of NPR attempts to tag out Rep. Kristi Noem during the Congressional Women’s Softball game.

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.”

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