HOH’s One-Minute Recess: True Confessions

Posted July 27, 2009 at 11:03am

Rep. John Boccieri’s dark secret is out: The Ohio Democrat, who grew up in the baseball cradle of Youngstown, doesn’t root for the Cleveland Indians. Instead, he’s a (gasp) Boston Red Sox fan.

[IMGCAP(1)]His support of the roundly hated New England team — which he revealed in a profile today in local Wooster paper the Daily Record — is practically tantamount to treachery among baseball fans.

In the story, Boccieri admits his choice “may have cost him some votes in the district, and has been a key point of debate between him and many of his Ohio-born staffers.—

Boccieri’s own skills on the diamond earned him a scholarship to St. Bonaventure University and later a position in the Frontier League with the Portsmouth Explorers, where he played for a year before joining the military, the paper notes.

And although he’s not loyal to the Tribe, Boccieri at least can be trusted to stay true to his party — he played catcher for the Democrats in this year’s Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Out of Pocket. Sen. Robert Byrd has been sadly missing from the Senate chamber for much of the last few months due to an illness. But the eccentric West Virginia Democrat’s fingerprints are all over a concurrent resolution that was introduced on Friday.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) dropped legislation “authorizing printing of the pocket version of the United States Constitution.—

We’re thinking of that as a little gift to the Constitution-loving Byrd, who famously keeps copies of the document handy.

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