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Republican lawmakers have won the annual congressional charity baseball game. in Washington DC On Thursday night, after rain, the game was interrupted by a delay.
The Republicans went up 4 to 0 Democrats in the 4th inning ahead of the holdup and ultimately won the friendly, beating their opponents 10-0.
Legislators first took to the Nationals Park field, where Washington Nationals play. The game has continued its annual bipartisan tradition since the first game was played in 1909.
The players wore team jerseys from their respective districts or states.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, coach of the Democratic team, said in an interview with Fox News’ Chad Pergram that the players’ camaraderie and love of baseball has been why members of Congress continue to put aside their differences for the sake of the game.
“This game is so wonderful and the people are so nice,” she said. “That’s what makes us competitive and it’s great to be here and have some fun.”
She added: “Sometimes I coach, sometimes I act as a referee. I have my own point of view. But it’s always fun.”
In addition to inclement weather, several protesters attempting to break up the bout were arrested by US Capitol police.
Capitol police said at least three climate change activists have been arrested.
Days before the game, several left-wing groups threatened to “close” the event, prompting a backlash US Capitol Police Chief Tom Munger, who warned protesters on Wednesday that law enforcement would “not tolerate” violence or illegal behavior.
“We know that the demonstrators are planning protest against political issues at a Congressional Charity Baseball Game,” Munger tweeted. “Our mission is to protect members of Congress during this family event, so we have a solid security plan in place.”
He added: “We encourage anyone thinking of causing trouble at the charity game to stay at home. We will not tolerate violence or any illegal behavior during this family event.”
The annual bipartisan event was attended by members of the House of Representatives as well as the US Senate.
The Republicans celebrated their second win in a row with a 13-12 victory in 2021. However, Democrats have won more victories in recent years.
Adam Sabes of Fox News contributed to this report.