Dems trounce Republicans, 22-0, in 52nd annual Congressional Baseball Game

Despite an ominous weather forecast earlier in the day, the clouds parted and thunderstorm warnings were lifted Thursday night, as the Democrats sailed to a win against the Republicans in the 2013 Congressional Baseball Game. [VIEW PHOTOS]

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The 52nd annual charity game, played at Nationals Park, pitted members of Congress against each other.

The Dems cruised to victory over their colleagues from across the aisle, 22-0, making it the team’s fifth win in a row.

Before the game, several Republican lawmakers had one target in mind: Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Democrat’s star pitcher from Louisiana.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who played third base, vowed to give it his all against the New Orleans congressman.

“If he gets in a rundown between second and third, you know, he better plan on sitting out next year,” Flake said outside the Republican dugout.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a freshman lawmaker and former Yale University baseball captain, was also a hot topic among the lawmakers, who hoped he could bring a win for Republicans. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said DeSantis hit two home runs during a recent practice.

Even with their winning streak, Democrats promised to play hard.

Asked about his favorite trash talk, Sen. Joe Donnelly, an Indiana Democrat, said he didn’t use it.

“I’m from Indiana, we don’t do trash talk,” he said. “We show it out on the field.”

With his jersey sleeves rolled up, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) said he was willing to throw his body into the game.

“I'm ready to take anybody out of my way,” he said. “I’m ready to slide. I'm going in head first.”

During batting practice, Paul joked about using the administration’s top-secret wiretapping program to finally end his party’s losing streak.

“We had the NSA go through the Democrats, go through their batting records, and we're really excited about what we discovered,” he said. “We think we found a flaw in their game plan.”

Asked what the flaw could be, he said, “It's top secret. If I told ya, I'd have to kill you.”

This year, the game raised about $300,000 for three local charities: the Washington Literacy Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.