The first run of the Congressional Baseball Game was scored on a wild pitch
Though the Democrats won this year's Congressional Baseball Game, 11-2, the very first run of the night was scored thanks to some heads-up baserunning from the Republican representative from Pennsylvania's 6th district, Ryan Costello.
Costello, who played in a Reading Fightin' Phils jersey, was on third base when Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond's pitch went a little wild.
Costello was paying attention and took off for home, putting the GOP on the board early. However, they eventually lost the lead. (Yes, Richmond threw a wild pitch, but some consider him the best Congressional Baseball Game player … ever.)
After the game, the Democrats presented the trophy to their opponents in honor of House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise. From MLB.com's Alyson Footer:
It ended with the Democrats … handing the Congressional baseball trophy to the Republicans, with instructions to place it in House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's office as he recovers from bullet wounds he sustained one day earlier.
"On behalf of the Republicans, we congratulate our friends on the Democratic side," Republican team manager Joe Barton said, after accepting the trophy from Democrat manager Mike Doyle. "We will put this in his office until he's back."