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Anthony Weiner: Baseball Star?

By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 01 July 2010

Link from NY Daily News. Did Rep. Anthony Weiner (NY) choose the wrong career? Not only did he help the Democrats beat the Republicans in their annual baseball game, but his amazing catch made it to the ESPN highlights.

Hey, these opposing politicians actually interact with one another in socially fun ways? What's next, bar hopping together? I say they should do more of this! And the wrestling moves we see on legislation don't count!

When Rep. Anthony Weiner made a nice over-the-shoulder grab during Tuesday’s 49th Annual Congressional Baseball Game, he might just have expected it to go down in the rarely-revisited history books of Capitol Hill sports.

Instead, ESPN elevated it into the rarefied air of Sportscenter’s Top 10.

Call it a slow sports day — the #10 play of the day involved hot dog eating — but pitcher Joe Baca, Congressman from California likely thanked Weiner for his Hank Aaron-esque acrobatics at the warning track, which eventually set him up for the win when Dems battered Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) late in the game to break a deadlock.

The Democrats would go on to beat the Republicans 13-5.

Weiner, perhaps worried that the impressive display of congressional athleticism would be quickly forgotten, posted the clip to his YouTube page as a permanent reminder.

Also, if you’d prefer to watch “middle-aged people in tight uniforms falling down,” which, as Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post points out, happened at least twice during the game, take a look at his blog.


Hey, these opposing politicians actually interact with one another in socially fun ways?

That reminds me of a charming column Garrison Keillor wrote in May about the Senate Spouses Dinner he attended;

Tuesday, May 11, in the lofty, leafy glass arcade of the U.S. Botanic Garden near the Capitol, Tea Partier Scott Brown hobnobbed with prairie progressive Tom Harkin, affable Chuck Schumer put an arm around flinty Chuck Grassley, and cranky old Jim Bunning went around saying hi, even to Democrats. The Udalls were there, Mark of Colorado, Tom of New Mexico, looking like Eagle Scouts, as Udalls do. Here were obstructionist Republicans, smiling and gracious as small-town morticians, and their socialist death-panel colleagues being gracious right back: Dodd, Dorgan, Durbin. Some members seemed less embraceable than others: Roland Burris, the Rod Blagojevich appointee, was not Mr. Popularity, and one could detect a distinct coolness toward Saxby Chambliss, whose 2002 campaign defeating Max Cleland was more like first-degree assault than civics, but otherwise, people mingled freely.


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