Richmond, Dems win sixth straight

Greg Nash

House Democrats prevailed in the annual Congressional Baseball Game for the sixth year in a row on Wednesday, riding Rep. Cedric Richmond’s (La.) strong right arm to a 15-6 win.

Richmond has been the Democrats’ star pitcher since joining Congress, and his prowess was enough to leave incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joking about using a stun gun on him as a way to secure a GOP win.

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“I was hoping I’d get security detail early for the whip job so I could have them tase his right arm or something before the game, but we haven’t been able to pull it off,” Scalise joked before the game at Nationals Park.

Richmond played baseball at Morehouse College.

The game only lasted until the seventh inning Wednesday because of a thunderstorm that hit the area. The game raises money for local charities around the nation’s capital.

While Republicans lost, they took solace in the fact that they still have the House majority and increasingly think they’ll add to it in the fall.

“It would demoralize the Democrats because this is all they have right now,” Scalise said ahead of the game of a possible win by the GOP. “We’re considering whether or not to take that one last thing from them and leave them completely shut out.”

For both sides, playing at a major league park was a treat.

“Look, you get an opportunity to play in a major league ballpark — it doesn’t get any better than this,” Scalise said.

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