WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The annual Congressional Baseball Game kicked off Wednesday at Nationals Park, bringing lawmakers from both sides of the aisle together for America’s Favorite Pastime. While the Democrats triumphed over the Republicans for another year, politicians from both parties spoke positively about the experience of the game.The Gray Television Washington New Bureau caught up with local lawmakers to hear their favorite parts about the tradition.
Democrats and Republicans stepped outside the offices on Capitol Hill for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. (Source: Gray DC)
This year’s team of 28 Democrats will face off against 44 Republicans to defend their title from 2018. The Democrats won 21-5 in 2018 after also defeating the Republican team in 2017. Last year, the Republican team had the game’s most memorable moment with the return of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) after he was critically injured at a practice after a gunman opened fire in 2017.
The baseball game has been a tradition in D.C. for 110 years. Rep. John Tener of Pennsylvania first started the casual bipartisan baseball games in 1909. The game eventually grew to the national event it is today. Along with encouraging comradery between lawmakers, it raises money for local charities: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Washington Literacy Center and the United Capitol Police Memorial Fund. Copyright 2019 Gray DC. All rights reserved.