Specter: No bathroom breaks needed at pennant games

Outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) shared a little too much information last week about his experience at this fall’s National League Championship Series baseball games.

Specter was making good on a bet Thursday with outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose hometown San Francisco Giants beat Specter’s Philadelphia Phillies for the NL pennant in October.


Specter told reporters that during the two pennant games he’d attended, the most remarkable thing for him was the crowds. “You practically had to stand all the time,” he said, amazed at “the difficulty of moving through the core [of the stands].” 

Then, unprompted, he added, “Not that there was any need for me to go to the men’s room,” causing a wave of nervous laughter among the press corps.

Specter and Pelosi were joined at the press conference by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), whose Texas Rangers lost to the Giants in the World Series. Barton presented Pelosi with chocolate pecan pies, while Specter paid up with an approximately two-by-three-foot chunk of chocolate in the shape of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall bell tower.

Pelosi, a self-described “chocoholic,” said she would concentrate on eating the dark-chocolate portions first.