A 100-year tradition was extended last night to Nationals Park, as our Nationals’ new home stadium was host for the first time to the annual Congressional Baseball game.
With tickets going for $8.00 each, the event usually raises over $100,000 for local Washington, DC charities, but make no mistake. Competition on the field is fierce and bragging rights much sought-after as many of the participating congressmen are former athletes, and the Republican legislators were eager to extend their 7-year winning streak over their rival Democrats.
The rematch of last year’s starting pitchers, Rep. John Shimkus (R, IL) and Rep. Joe Baca (D, CA), went back and forth until the seventh inning, when Rep. Connie Mack IV (R, FL, grandson of hall-of-famer Connie Mack, Jr.) got the game-winning RBI off Baca as the Republicans took their 8th straight by a score of 11-10. The game featured an unofficial running of the presidents race, in which George Washington beat Abe Lincoln to the finish line.
Photos by flickr member nathancoffey