A D.C tradition dating back 100 years brought both sides of the aisle together on Thursday night.
Congressional Democrats and Republicans traded their suits and ties for caps and cleats and played ball at Nationals Park.
The annual tradition came in the midst of a tense debate on Capitol Hill over President Obama’s trade deal, a conversation that had both sides of the aisle on their cell phones until the umpire said “play ball.”
During the 4th inning, when the Democrats were up 2-1, President Obama strolled onto the field to shake some hands and bring White House brewed beer to the victors. The Democrats ultimately prevailed for their seventh straight win 5-2 and enjoyed President Obama’s home brew. They now lead the all time series 39-38-1.
The Congressional Baseball Game began in 1909, founded by Rep. John Tener, a Pennsylvania Republican, who was also a former Chicago White Sox pitcher. The tradition ended in 1961 for fear of injury to congressional players but was revived by Roll Call to its modern form and has been played at Nationals Ballpark since 2008.
Thursday night reminded us that Congress can come together and enjoy each others company, for a few hours at least.