WASHINGTON (GrayDC) Republicans and Democrats take a break from sparring on the Hill to play ball, all for a good cause. The Congressional Baseball Game is an annual tradition, dating back to 1909.
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) warms up with the Republican team on the Nats Stadium outfield on Wednesday evening before the Congressional Baseball Game. (Source: GrayDC)
America’s pastime meets America’s lawmakers.
With the fresh smell of popcorn and the crack of the bat, for one night, politicians like Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) relive their youth.
“It is fun and for those of us growing up playing baseball, you do get to be a kid again playing baseball, it’s just fun,” said Congressman Louie Gohmert.
But two years ago, the fun tradition became a much more serious affair after a gunman opened fire on an early morning practice—injuring Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, an aide and lobbyist.
“I didn’t play the year the shooting occurred, so perhaps I have survivors’ remorse that I wasn’t there with the guys. I’ve been there so many years,” he said.
Gohmert has been running bases for more than a decade for the Republican team, fighting through injuries along the way.
“I did tear my ACL in my right knee while I was scoring at home plate, but my score counted, we won by one run, it was worth it,” the lawmaker said.
Surrounded by thousands of fans on a summer night, Gohmert says a baseball game may be just what this divided Congress needs to come together.
“It just makes it easier to get things done when you see individuals as real human beings and not just as a member of the opposition party,” said Gohmert.
The game is a home run for more than just bipartisan politics. Ticket sales and donations raise money for D.C.-area charities like the Boys and Girls Club.
They have already raised more than a million dollars this year.
“It’s really a win for everybody,” said Gohmert.
The Democrats soared to victory. The all-time series is now tied between the Republicans and Democrats.
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