This year’s Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled for June 23 at Nationals Park. Between now and game time, CQ Roll Call talks to members of Congress about why they play, what they expect this year and some of their favorite stories from games past. —
Throughout the spring, members have been getting up for practice before going about their full days of legislating. We asked them why.
Sen. Joe Donnelly
“It’s the camaraderie, that’s the best part of this whole game. Number one, we can help some of the charities and kids around D.C. but the other great part is the friendships. Because these are all my friends. These are not Democrats or Republicans, these are my buddies. And these are my buddies who we get to play together and then try and do good things for the country. It’s a hard deal to beat.”
Sen. Jeff Flake
“It is the camaraderie. You get out there with 30 guys and, I mean there’s nothing better. And the game itself — it’s Republicans against Democrats but we all get together right afterwards and it’s just a blast.”
Sen. Christopher S. Murphy
“I remember, you show up to the House of Representatives and you have 435 people, it’s dizzying. I remember that my first year, kind of, was transformed by baseball practice.
That I, all of a sudden had a group of Republicans and Democrats that I could count as real friends. And I don’t know that I would have been able to make those relationships another way, that quickly, had I not played baseball that first year in the House of Representatives.
So it was really meaningful for me when I first did. And the guys and the women on the team frankly are still amongst some of my closest friends.
Rep. Kevin Brady
“Baseball is the greatest game ever and to be able to share it up here, be able to time out from all these other stuff. Get up at 5:45 or 6 in the morning to practice with buddies.
In the cold and the rain, you got your baseball gloves and your cleats and you’re running around. And then, to have these friends who share the same feeling about baseball. It is really about the friendship, it’s what’s the best part of this game.”