A Republican lawmaker hit an out-of-the-park home run in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park.
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) hit the first “out-of-park homerun” in the Congressional Baseball Game “in more than 40 years,” a CSPAN analyst said.
A CSPAN analyst added, “That was a bona fide major league home run right there.”
Steube was also the starting pitcher for the Republicans and wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat at the mound.
As Fox News reports, “Steube is the first lawmaker to clear the fence at Nationals Park since the game was moved there in 2008. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is believed to have been the first lawmaker to hit an out-of-the-park home run in the game, doing so in 1979 in Alexandria, Va. In 1997, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) clanged a home run off the foul pole at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Md.”
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) September 30, 2021
Started in 1909, the Congressional Baseball Game is where “members of the United States Congress from each party solidify friendships off the floor and on the field,” the game’s website reads. The annual game supports charities.
President Joe Biden attended the Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday evening. However, his appearance sparked some criticism.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted Biden.
“The fact that Joe Biden has time to go to the Congressional baseball game but not time to take questions on Afghanistan or see the humanitarian crisis at the border is a disgrace. #DoYourJob #StrikingOut,” she tweeted.
The fact that Joe Biden has time to go to the Congressional baseball game but not time to take questions on Afghanistan or see the humanitarian crisis at the border is a disgrace. #DoYourJob #StrikingOut
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) September 30, 2021
Republicans beat Democrats 13-12, which was “the GOP’s first win in the annual charity event in five years and second in 10,” National Journal’s Zach Cohen notes.
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