On Thursday, the members of Congress will take a break from not really accomplishing anything to play a game of baseball at Nationals Park. The Annual Congressional Baseball Game pits the Republicans against the Democrats and is cause for some serious trash talk in the halls on the Hill.
In 2011, Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana (who played ball at Morehouse College) nearly tossed a no-hitter and used his 80-mph fastball to help the Dems to a victory. Last year, he brought his curve ball with him and tossed a gem on the way to an 18-5 win.
This year, though, things might be a little different. The GOP team seems to think that Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida will be the answer to Richmond's skills on the mound. Rep. DeSantis was captain of the Yale baseball team in 2001.
Normally, a freshman from Florida would not be recognized in the halls of Congress, even by his colleagues. But prowess on the field trumps the furtive anonymity of legislating, thus making DeSantis one of the most popular new members in his caucus. Not a week goes by at the Capitol, he said, that he's not stopped on the House floor or in the hallway to be asked about his arm or his swing.