Politics and baseball; the two seem to be intertwined year after year.
This year, several lawmakers took to Twitter to back their hometown nine as baseball teams across the country opened their seasons Monday.
Freshman Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) captured the eternal optimism that surrounds each opening day:
NYT picks Rockies for NL West & to win World Series! http://nyti.ms/dDfaV0
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) tweeted right before he attended a game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies in the nation's capital. President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch before the game:
What could be better than Opening Day with President Obama? A Phillies win. Go Phillies!
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), a Dallas-area congressman, tweeted best wishes for his Rangers while in attendance at the game:
At opening day for Texas Ranger's [sic] Baseball. Behind 3-0 in 7th. Let's go Ranger's [sic]
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) tweeted:
Great opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, an Alabama native, even took some time to watch the Atlanta Braves:
WOW...said I couldn't wait to see @jasonheyward play for the Braves - hits home run in FIRST major league at bat...just unreal