These Congressmen Are Just As Good At Baseball As They Are At Passing Laws
Every year, the Republican and Democratic sides of the Congress face each other in the biggest battle of the year.
No, we're not talking about budget talks. We're talking about the annual Congressional Baseball Game.
This year's game happened last week. The Democrats had not lost since President Barack Obama took office. The Republicans were looking at a seven-year losing streak.
The Republicans pulled off a miraculous walk-off win.
It wasn't all fun and games, though. The game took place less than 24 hours after the Democrats staged a sit-in in the House of Representatives to call for gun control, which itself was a week after the Democrats had a filibuster in the Senate. So needless to say, it was a little tense on the field.
There were chants from the Democrats to “Do your job!” When Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat challenging Marco Rubio for his seat this fall, started pitching, the Republicans chanted “Mar-co Rub-io!”
Murphy later said:
One of the things that a lot of members of Congress who've been here for a while say to the newer members is that 30 years ago, Democrats and Republicans were friends. Their families would all go to dinner, their kids would go to school together. They all comment that that's whats broken down. It's frustrating to hear what it used to be like and what it's become. Hopefully it won't be like this forever, and this game is a piece of of trying to get back to that.
It's been a contentious year in politics, to say the least, and it's not likely to get friendlier over the next six months leading up to the election in November.
But at least they were able to get out their aggression in a healthy way for one day.
And for those few hours, both sides of Congress shared one very important, bonding factor. They're both pretty terrible at baseball. The video above by Independent Journal is a hilarious compilation of Congress's baseball “skills.”