June 18, 2009
On a rainy Wednesday evening in the nation’s capital, Members of Congress took the field at Nationals Park for the 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Democrats faced off against Republicans in a battle no less spirited than is typically seen on the Hill. Heading into the game, Republicans held an impressive 33-14 win-loss record. However, shaky Republican pitching and errors led the underdog Democrats to a 15-10 victory.
The game featured Washington’s own Rep. Adam Smith (9th Congressional District), Jay Inslee (1st Congressional District), and Brian Baird (3rd Congressional District). Congressman Smith sported his UW baseball uniform, drawing applause from the Huskies in the stands. Democrats took an early lead with a 6 run 2nd inning, featuring 3 lead off walks (one to Brian Baird) and more than 50 pitches from Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). However, Republicans quickly answered with 6 runs of their own in the very next inning, off of several clutch hits. Tied at 6 in the bottom of the 3rd, the flood gates opened and Democrats scored 9 runs off of 5 walks, two base hits and error. The 15 runs put on the board by Democrats in the first three innings would be enough to secure their first victory in nearly a decade.
The game benefitted several DC area charities including the Washington Literacy Council and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington.