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June 12, 2015

Bill Shuster, Not Gonna Play Ball

His vital statistics were listed in the program for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. That’s his smiling mug featured in the deck of 2015 trading cards.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The announcers on June 11 even called his name during the player introductions.

Yet Rep. Bill Shuster was nowhere to be found.

Unless one happened to peek into the far corner of the PNC Diamond Club at the frustrated-looking gentleman bizarrely mumbling to himself. Full story

Will on the Hill Tries Hand With Intern Foibles

One of Washington’s dramatic traditions continues Monday with Will on the Hill. Professional actors take the stage along with members of Congress and journalists in Elizabethan-era costumes, all poking fun at the strangeness of #ThisTown. And they do it with only one rehearsal.

“It shouldn’t work, but it does,” writer Peter Byrne said in a phone interview. “Everyone comes into this with such goodwill that it succeeds.”

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By Megan Evans Posted at 2:49 p.m.
Artsy, DC, Drama

Dan Kildee Views BLT Disposal as a Team Effort

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

After securing another year of bragging rights by coming out on top in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Rep. Dan Kildee now faces a victory celebration decidedly not for the faint of heart.

Per the friendly wager he made on the game with Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Mich., the Michigan Democrat is owed one of the pound-plus BLTs that helped put Tony’s 1-75 Restaurant on the map.

“I think this might have to be a staff project,” the two-term lawmaker told HOH of the daunting delicacy. “There’s no way I can eat a pound of bacon, even in a month.” Full story

Republicans Look to Repeat Cycling Challenge Win

Whitlock, left and Hershman, second from right, will lead their party's teams. (Courtesy of Douglas Graham)

Whitlock, left and Hershman, second from right, will lead their party’s teams. (Courtesy of Douglas Graham)

This Sunday’s Congressional Cycling Challenge could be an easy win for the Republican team.
The challenge ride is a closed-course, 15-km trip around the Pentagon, Crystal City and the Air Force Memorial. Unlike a traditional race, the winner is determined by who has the most laps completed in three hours. The total number of laps by Hill participants are tallied by race officials, and the party with the most laps gets to take home the bragging rights.

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Democrats Win 7th Straight Congressional Baseball Game (Video)

Rep. Raul Ruiz caught the final out, sealing the Democrats' 5-2 victory over the GOP. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ruiz caught the final Republican out, sealing the Democrats’ 5-2 victory Thursday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It might have been the first and only time fans at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. chanted about a trade measure and a president (who was not one of the running mascots) gave them a thumbs up.

President Barack Obama’s surprise appearance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night shocked and excited fans, as well as the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who were playing in the yearly partisan face off. Democrats ultimately scored their seventh victory in a row, besting their GOP opponents 5-2.

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June 11, 2015

Obama Makes Surprise Appearance at Congressional Baseball Game, Democrats Win 5-2

Obama holds the coveted Roll Call trophy aloft from the Democrats' dugout. (David Meyers/CQ Roll Call)

Obama holds the coveted Roll Call trophy aloft from the Republican dugout. (David Meyers/CQ Roll Call)

Updated, 11 p.m. | President Barack Obama emerged from the Democrats’ dugout Thursday at Nationals Park in Southeast Washington to a standing ovation and boisterous cheers from the thousands of Democratic staffers in attendance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

The Democrats ultimately prevailed for their seventh straight victory, 5-2, but when Obama stepped onto the field, it was the top of the 4th inning with Democrats up 2-1. Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 8:18 p.m.
Baller, POTUS

A Sea of Smiles at Taste of Hawaii

If the Taste of Hawaii gets much bigger, it will take over Upper Senate Park.

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

(Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

At least a dozen lawmakers sampled some of Hawaii’s finest offerings at the second annual event, along with a crowd estimated at more than 1,000 in a spacious Dirksen Senate Office Building hearing room.

Several guests overheard Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a repeat visitor, preaching the gospel of Spam musubi. Multiple sources told HOH the New York Democrat roped Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., into trying the exotic treat, and Schumer was still gushing about the magic of potted meats on his way out the door.

Democratic Sen. Mazie K. Hirono again led the event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. Full story

Congressional Baseball Game Managers Face Off on C-SPAN

Kevin Brady, R-Texas, slides into Tim Holden, D-Pa., at home on the first play of the 2003 game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kevin Brady, R-Texas, slides into Tim Holden, D-Pa., at home on the first play of the 2003 game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Managers for the Republican and Democratic baseball teams appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Thursday morning to talk about their odds of victory and the beauty of the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

“First of all it is a lot of fun and the members enjoy the game,” Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., said. “But three charities receive a real benefit from this game, and that is what really excites us.” Full story

House Republicans Claim Pre-emptive Baseball Victory on Wikipedia

A fan holds a sign during the 53rd Congressional Baseball Game in Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A fan holds a sign during the 53rd Congressional Baseball Game in Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Partisan sparring over the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is well underway, including on Wikipedia.

According to the Congress-Edits robot, the Wikipedia entry for the game was edited anonymously from inside the House to declare the Republican team victorious in Thursday evening’s contest, allowing the GOP to break the tie and claim the Roll Call Trophy.

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Cantina Marina’s Endless Summer

The surrounding area may look like urban development ushered in via H-bomb. And the ripped-to-shreds roadways running parallel to the place have probably warded off more foot traffic than a predatory sinkhole.

But those daring enough to dodge lumbering construction vehicles and navigate suspect parking conditions don’t seem to mind the added hassle once they’ve dropped anchor at Cantina Marina.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The seasonal retreat at 600 Water St. SW first popped onto the scene back when crowded seafood buffets and warm, sticky rum buns still ruled the Southwest Waterfront. Now, it’s almost all that remains along the desolate stretch of Maine Avenue that’s been hollowed out to make room for the sprawling Wharf project.

Still, the jam-band hosting (Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and The Second Amendments graced the stage there last summer.), Racing Presidents’ baiting watering hole appears content to temporarily whisk Washingtonians away from the hustle and bustle of #ThisTown.

There appear to be plenty of takers. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 5 a.m.
Booze, DC, Food, Restos

Congressional Baseball Game 2015: Year of the Tiebreaker?

Conte at bat, back in the day. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conte at bat, back in the day. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The best American traits are represented in baseball, so it’s OK to expect America’s representatives to be at their best playing baseball.

“In all its complementary contradictions, its play of antitheses, baseball captured a continent bounded to east and west by oceans, laced by mountains and rivers, dry, fertile, wet, wooded, and at its heart, or stomach, endlessly flat. America is a topography mythologized by its inhabitants as they crossed and re-crossed it into an image of themselves, diverse, demanding, unified by common acts of consent to a government of themselves, a government consciously checked and balanced, the formal antitheses of the state reflecting and shaping the inclusive ideals and isolationist tendencies of a people receptive and wary,” A. Bartlett Giamatti, the late baseball commissioner, said in a speech 30 years ago to the Massachusetts Historical Society. Giamatti saw baseball, nation and government inextricably linked. Full story

#tbt: When the Congressional Baseball Game Broke the Gender Barrier

Sanchez, left, still is on the baseball roster. Ros-Lehtinen, right, left baseball for softball. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanchez, left, still is on the baseball roster. Ros-Lehtinen, right, left baseball for softball. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is Thursday, the latest iteration of a tradition dating to 1909. But it wasn’t until the 32nd annual outing that female members of Congress made their first appearance on the diamond, a milestone marked in our Aug. 2, 1993, game program by Tim Curran. Full story

Linda Sánchez Works the Angles of Congressional Baseball

The fact that she’s the only woman suiting up for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is not lost on Rep. Linda T. Sánchez.

And neither are any of the unique opportunities being a part of the sporting life has provided the California Democrat.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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June 10, 2015

History Sails Into Alexandria

Almost 235 years after its maiden voyage, the Hermione sails again.

An exact replica of the French frigate that brought the Marquis de Lafayette with news of France’s intervention in the American Revolutionary War against the British docked Wednesday in Alexandria, Va., where it will stay for three days. Full story

By Samar Khurshid Posted at 3:28 p.m.
Parties

A Day In the Life of a Congressional Baseball Playing Mom

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez is looking forward to once again taking the field Thursday for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

She’s also probably majorly relieved to shed the grueling schedule that’s chewed up her calendar since early April. Full story

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