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Diamonds are Reps. Linda Sánchez and Nanette Barragán’s best friend
Female lawmakers take the baseball field following Title IX anniversary

Rep. Linda Sánchez, here in 2015, is one of two women who will play in the Congressional Baseball Game this year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Even though Reps. Linda Sánchez and Nanette Barragán will be the lone female lawmakers at Nationals Park, surrounded by more than 70 male colleagues and coaches, the only thing that might give it away is their ponytails. Sporting cleats, batting helmets and their favorite jerseys, they’re just some of the guys.

“They treat us like equals. They make us work just as hard,” Barragán told me of her male teammates after one of their last practices before Wednesday night’s Congressional Baseball Game.

Sánchez and Barragán to girls: You can play in the major leagues
Heard on the Hill

Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., takes photos before the start of the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Only two women are playing in the Congressional Baseball Game this year, but the dynamic duo of Linda T. Sánchez and Nanette Barragán see themselves as proof that it’s not a bad thing at all to play like a girl (sorry ‘Ham’ Porter).