By a millimeter, we just missed the most epically symbolic play at the plate imaginable in a congressional baseball contest.
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On a passed ball, the Democratic base runner went to slide into home, hesitated, tripped over his own foot, and overflew the plate entirely. He then barely beat the tag from the catcher sprinting back toward him. Also Biden just showed up.
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Speaker Pelosi, in the dugout, appears to be deep in a pretty intense phone call. Biden is signing autographs. 2nd inning ends with a collision at the plate, the Dems’ catcher holds onto the ball. Dems 4 - GOP 5
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Republicans just threw at Ossoff’s head. It bounces off his helmet, doesn’t phase him. He takes first base, and almost immediately steals second.
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Dems retake the lead on a two-run triple that Jimmy Panetta of the California 20th poked over the right fielder like a stealth helicopter into Abbottabad; then they tack on another run. 7-5 in the top of the 3rd, 1 out
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Biden headed over to the Republican dugout and they seem to be talking to him. The GOP pitcher, Greg Steubbe, who’s about 70 pitches in already, hit a home run like 400 feet out of the MLB ballpark—first time that’s happened in 40y, announcers say. 8-7 Dems
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Kevin Brady, the craggy second baseman from the Texas 8th, fails to field an infield fly while absurdly attempting to make the shortstop responsible for it, allowing Tom Malinowski to score. After another run, 10-7 Dems in the top of the 4th, 2 out.
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Fleischmann of the Tennessee 3rd was very nearly in trouble when he was hit by a batted ball while just scooching his hips out over the third base line into foul territory. The danger avoided, Republicans score two and we’re tied at 10-10 in the bottom of the 4th, 2 out.
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Ossoff, a genuinely capable third baseman, makes a great throw to first to close out the inning with the score still tied.
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Only half paying attention to your tweets for the past hour, I thought you were constructing an elaborate baseball metaphor to help explain the past week's events on Capitol Hill. I'm just now realizing there's an actual baseball game going on.
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