Rep. Bergman takes the field in what he calls a show of unity

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Michigan lawmakers are back on the diamond for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. A favorite event for lawmakers has a new tone. Since a man opened fire on a GOP baseball practice the day before last year’s game, Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI) says it’s a show of strength to play this game here at Nationals Park.

Rep. Jack Bergman donned his Michigan Tech University baseball jersey, a school without a baseball team.

“We don’t let behavior that happened last year get us down. That will never conquer us,” said Bergman.

The Upper Peninsula lawmaker, donning his Michigan Tech University jersey says this game is a show of unity, Democrats and Republicans together, bonding over the nation’s pastime.

“I’m not buying into the fact that the partisan divide is as deep as the media would have the American people think it is,” said Bergman.

But there are legislative battles happening just up the road from Nationals Park, whether it be important Farm Bill legislation or coming up with an immigration package. Bergman says when they hit the field, that’s all on the backburner.

“It’s a show of unity, both Democrats and Republicans. This is bipartisan,” said Bergman.

Bergman was looking to be on his best game Thursday night with grandkids and friends cheering him on. The fans add a little to his game...

“Pressure’s on but pressure’s good. Give me the ball. Hit the ball to me,” said Bergman.

This game isn’t just about bipartisan competition. All proceeds from tonight’s game go to charities in the D.C. area, including Boys and Girls Clubs and the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

The final score for tonight was a 21-5 Democrat victory. That is the seventh win of the last eight for the Democratic team.