Reporters Caught Spying on Members’ Softball Practice

Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:38pm

Two members of the press turned the tables Thursday morning and spied on the federal government. It took only about 20 minutes before our cover as morning power walkers was blown, but the intelligence gathered will be used in the upcoming Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Heard on the Hill, with an assist from The New York Times’ Jill Agostino, walked around the Capitol Hill field where female members of Congress practiced at 7 a.m. in preparation for their annual meeting against the Bad News Babes on June 26.

After a couple of laps, eagle-eyed Democratic National Committee staffer and league co-chairwoman Kate Yglesias Houghton spotted us and alerted her boss, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. On the next lap, Wasserman Schultz and the rest of the team launched into various taunts and catcalls.

Since we were caught, we gave up the pretense and got an up-close look at the team’s progression.

The member team responded to the latest reporter intrusion by posting a Perez Hilton-style photo on Twitter and Facebook:


The gist of our intelligence report: While much has been made about new players’ impact (Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., are downright terrifying), the real story is the marked improvement of veteran players.

None of which is especially welcome news for the reporter side.

Most members seemed amused and ready to show off their new talent. But at least one took to Instagram to protest.

“I think we do need some type of press shield,” Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., commented on the photo.

Disclosure: The author of this post is a co-captain of the Bad News Babes, the press team.