On Thursday, members of Congress will meet at Nationals Park for the 50th annual Congressional Baseball Game. This year, GOP Manager Joe Barton (TX-6) will lead his roster of 40 Republicans against a squad of 21 Democrats led by Manager Mike Doyle (PA-14).
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, and the seven-inning game will be officiated by umpires. After all, who can trust these two groups of partisan rivals to play fair?
"While our squad suffered losses in the last elections, I'm encouraged by the talent and enthusiasm that our newcomers have brought to the field," Manager Doyle (D) said.
Republicans lead the all-time series 38-34-1, though Democrats have won each of the last two contests.
"Our players have been working hard during our early morning practices to try to translate their
political victories into success on the diamond," Manager Barton (R) said.
General admission tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Washington Literacy Council and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Last year's event raised over $150,000 for these charities.