Congress scores big for charity
Republicans and Democrats come together to raise $100,000
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the day's debates came to an end on Capitol Hill last week, Democrats and Republicans called a brief truce to raise money for charity. With arguments about Social Security and taxes put aside for a few hours, the two sides came together for the 44th annual Congressional Baseball Game. But even with the location change from the halls of Congress to RFK Stadium, the competitive spirit remained intact.
The Republican team defeated the Democrats 19-11 in the game played June 23. Congressman Jack Kingston(R/Ga-1) was hit by a pitch early in the game but managed to shake it off and plate two runs for the winning team. The first came when he was driven-in by Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey and the second when he stole home.
"I'm just wondering if scouts for the Atlanta Braves were there because I think I might get my shot at the majors," Congressman Kingston joked. "The attendance for the game was over 5,000 which means the real winners were the kids. It was a win-win for everyone."
The game raised more than $100,000 for the Washington Literacy Council and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's Metropolitan Police Clubhouses.
"It's always fun to get out there and play baseball especially when it's for a good cause," Congressman Kingston said after the game while shaking hands with the Democrats as the stadium speakers blared Neil Diamond's "Coming to America." And it's always great to win."
The game and practices are scheduled during non-business hours, however, this year, some players, including the GOP's starting pitcher, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev) had to leave the game for a vote in the Senate.
Republicans have now won three in a row and 10 of the last 12 games. The annual Congressional baseball game is sponsored by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper. The tradition was started in 1909 by John Tener, a Republican Congressman and former professional baseball player.