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“We worked hard for this, and this team deserves this trophy,” said Democratic manager Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, hoisting his team’s hardware on the field after the game.
But the final score, a six-run drubbing from a Democratic squad that was about half the size of the GOP team, did not tell the whole story of the game Thursday.
There were staffers, like those from the office of National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) who arrived at the park early. There were the “Chandterns,” the unpaid cheering section for Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), and then there were the bold and teasing liberal fans holding a poster of a tearful Boehner that read, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
Only one Senator participated, tea party champion Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who struck out looking in his only at bat.
Three women played in this year’s game: veteran Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), as well as two Republicans who were unlisted on the roster but announced at game time, West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito and Alabama freshman Martha Roby.
Before the game, lawmakers giddily talked with the media in front of their respective dugouts, pretending for a night that they were in the big leagues.
Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.), who bore a slight resemblance to former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda in his baseball whites, showed off his custom red, white and blue glove, with “Congressman” stitched in white thread above an American flag patch.
He told TV reporters that he served in the Army in the 1960s and wore the patriotic-themed mitt to honor the troops.