It was arguably one of the best games in the 112-year history of the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity as the Republicans beat the Democrats 13-12 at Nationals Park on Wednesday, September 29. Better yet, the losing team did not request an audit. of the official scorecard, and the GOP receiver agreed to wear a mask.
For the Republicans, it was only their third victory in the past 13 years, and their first since 2016. The Democrats took the field without their longtime ace, pitcher Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Who had previously left the House to take a post in the Biden administration. Richmond, along with John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Was honored before the game by being inducted into the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame.
The COVID pandemic had already forced the cancellation of the 2020 game and delayed this year’s competition. It came during a critical time on Capitol Hill as Democrats scrambled to push through President Biden’s economic agenda. On the playing field, the emotions were no less intense.
The game, which included several leadership changes, featured a rare ‘out of the park’ home run led by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), And a surprise visit from President Joe Biden who spent time in both. canoes. Steube pitched 120 pitches in 5 2/3 innings and was the winning pitcher. Republicans Blake Moore (R-Utah) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) hit back-to-back home runs inside the park in the first inning.
For the Democrats, Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) Connected on a pair of two-point triples plus a home run inside the park – all culminating in headfirst slides. Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) managed to register the last four strikeouts, including a Panetta-loaded base withdrawal with bases loaded in the 6th. The seven-inning game ended with a tie for second.
The annual bipartisan affair raised $ 1.2 million for charities including the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Philanthropies, as well as the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund in thanks to the brave officers during the Republican training shootout in June. 14, 2017. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Who was seriously injured in that attack, received a hearty applause as he beat the lead for his team in the first inning.
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