Congressional Baseball Teams Undaunted by Weather

Posted June 17, 2009 at 10:28am

The fate of Wednesday night’s 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game will be decided just before the first pitch, the Washington Nationals’ front office confirmed early Wednesday morning.

“It’ll be a game-time decision — we won’t know anything until 7:05,— a Nationals official said. “We’ll make every effort to get the game played.—

A soggy infield stopped the Republican team from taking infield practice, prompting obvious frustration from GOP manager Rep. Joe Barton (Texas). The Republican skipper was seen having prolonged discussions with Nationals officials about the status of the field and the prospects for the game.

“I didn’t realize that hitting baseballs on the grass hurts the grass.— Barton grumbled after meeting with team officials. “They want us to play the game. They just don’t want us to play if it’s raining.—

The weather forecast for Wednesday is predicting light rain and showers throughout the afternoon and evening. There is a 50 percent chance of precipitation at game time, according to the Weather Channel.

The expectation is that officials will wait until 9 p.m. to cancel or postpone the game because of weather.

Comparing his team to a sure-footed thoroughbred, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) joked Wednesday morning that “we do our best work on a sloppy track.—

And Democratic manager Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.) said he’s not too worried about the weather — in fact, it may not be such a bad thing for his team, which has not won since 2000.

“No one’s going to melt out there,— Doyle said. “And the last time we won, it was in the rain.—