26 Jun 2013

Women of Capitol Hill Play Ball at Watkins Field Tonight

Sportsmanship and politics, two words that probably don’t fit in the same sentence.

But, today at Watkins Field, the women of Capitol Hill, including some notable members of Congress and the media, will meet on Capitol Hill’s turf to face-off in a softball game that’s likely to include some friendly jabs.

It’s an event that benefits the Young Survival Coalition, an organization helping young women fight breast cancer. First pitch (at 7 p.m.) will be thrown by Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Last year’s champions, the “Bad News Babes,” return this year with reporters Dana Bash and Brianna Keiler of CNN; Carrie Budoff Brown (Politico); Abby Livingston (CQ Roll Call) and Amy Walter (Cook Political Report).

They will take on members of Congress, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who is a breast cancer survivor.

This is the fifth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game and tickets and donations are still being accepted. If the game is anything like batting practice earlier this week, the Washington Press Corp might want to watch out for the Cheri Bustos (D-IL) line drive, and be careful if Lynn Sweet throws on her batting gloves, or rather garden gloves, things could get serious.

Earlier this week, Now This News previewed the game at Watkins. It seems the competition is ready for a slugfest at home plate.

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