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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

We Polled Members Of Congress … About Baseball

First off, 13 of the 19 congresspeople we surveyed (68 percent) opposed the universal DH and wanted pitchers to continue hitting in the National League.4 “One of the things that makes baseball unique is that there are differences between the American and National League,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told FiveThirtyEight. Republican Rep. Blake Moore agreed and used data to back up his point: “The World Series win count since 1973, when the designated hitter was implemented, is essentially equal between leagues (25 American League wins, 22 National League wins). These data suggest there is no inherent advantage for one league over the other.” Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup, however, reluctantly disagreed. “I personally would like the AL to adopt pitcher hitting, rather than have the NL cave. But the rules should be the same.” And Wenstrup can rest easy knowing the public is on his side: A March 2021 Harris/The Athletic poll found that 59 percent of adults who followed MLB supported bringing the DH to the National League, while only 41 percent opposed it.

Second, 12 of the 19 (63 percent) said they disliked the new rule that each game in a doubleheader lasts only seven innings5 — even though, ironically, the Congressional Baseball Game itself is only seven innings long. “Seven inning contests involving a ball and bat are called softball games,” Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle insisted.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2021 at 02:54 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: September 29, 2021 at 03:23 PM (#6042382)
So members of Congress voted not to have major changes? That seems on brand.
   2. Gazizza, my Dilznoofuses! Posted: September 29, 2021 at 03:28 PM (#6042384)
Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup, however, reluctantly disagreed. “I personally would like the AL to adopt pitcher hitting, rather than have the NL cave. But the rules should be the same.”

Brad Wenstrup for President!
   3. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 29, 2021 at 03:38 PM (#6042387)
They asked the worst people their opinions.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 29, 2021 at 04:51 PM (#6042409)
Brad Wenstrup for President!
He may already be running:
Wenstrup signed off with a succinct three-point platform: “Fire Manfred. Let Pete in. And bring back ten cent beer night.”
Two out of three is pretty good these days.
   5. The Honorable Ardo Posted: September 29, 2021 at 11:27 PM (#6042489)
I'd say he's a perfect 3/3, though I'd find it more fitting to charge .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
   6. The Duke Posted: September 30, 2021 at 10:35 AM (#6042529)
Some specific comments from various Congress members at the game

Sen Blumenthal said he started for the 67 Red Sox in RF and had Bob Gibsons number in that series
Senator Sinema said it’s a little known fact that she’s a switch hitter
Joe Biden wrote and gave an original speech which said “today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”
Mitch McConnell gave a nice rendition of take me out to the ballgame and then Pelosi grabbed the lyrics and ripped it up in front of the whole crowd
Sen Manchin couldn’t make up his mind on which team to play for.
Rand Paul made a nice turn on a double play but Fauci obliterated him with a late slide into second base. Paul broke several ribs on the play
Rep Marjorie Green just heckled everyone from the bleachers the entire game
When they picked sides neither team wanted Rep Cheney
Maxine Waters claimed that none of the congressional games prior to Jackie robinson breaking the color barrier should be maintained in the congressional record
Chris Christie didn’t comment because he was eating a couple Ballpark Brats
Trump flew in, threw the fire pitch, which apparently was one of the best first pitches ever.

   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2021 at 10:59 AM (#6042539)
Anthony Scaramucci was announced as a pinch hitter, but was quickly pulled before hitting.
Sean Spicer congratulated Republicans for the 50-3 win, the largest margin of victory ever, even though the score was 14-13, with Republicans winning despite Democrats outhitting them.
Barack Obama was named MVP of the game despite not participating
Sen. Amy Klobuchar yelled at a bat boy
Michael Bloomberg paid for Juan Soto to play for the Democrats
Sen. Grassley and Sen. Feinstein demanded to see Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown pitch to Nap Lajoie

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