Rep. Linda T. Sánchez may be a team player, but she knows her limits. Hence the reason the California Democrat had to draw the line at giving her all to one congressionally related charity event over another.
In the closing moments of her recent “Newsmakers” interview on C-SPAN, Sánchez brought Roll Call Editor-in-Chief and Bad News Babes member Christina Bellantoni up to speed on why she chooses to mix things up at the Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game instead of lending her talents to the Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
“I did play for two years ... on both teams,” Sánchez said of her attempts to juggle both responsibilities (the baseball game predates the burgeoning softball rivalry by nearly half a century) early on. “But they practice at the same time of the year, and to try and go back and forth between practices became problematic.”
Plus, routinely switching gears between the two proved trying.
“Hitting fastballs versus softballs and trying to do these at different times during the week really messes with your batting timing,” she warned.
Besides, Sánchez said stepping onto the field with her male colleagues is very empowering.
“I also think that it’s symbolic to show that anything that we perceive as ‘the men’s world’ or that men can do, women can do just as well if not better in many instances. And I think my batting average underscores that,” she quipped.
Would she like to see more women rounding the bases at Nationals Park with her?
But she’s well aware that some feel more at ease in the other camp .
“I think the comfort level is higher playing softball,” Sánchez suggested.
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