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Stealing Hearts While Stealing Second Base

What better way to spend your last day of school than running around a Major League Baseball stadium?  

Matijs Lobato was able to spend his first night of summer vacation on the field at Nationals Park during the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday. He participated in a between-innings race to steal second base.  

The 8-year-old boy also finished up his last day of second grade at Forestville Elementary School in Great Falls, Va., before taking to the field in front of scores of fans. Sprinting from the outfield to the infield to grab second base, Lobato wowed the crowd with his speed.  

According to an email from his mother, Erin, “He was beyond thrilled to be able to steal 2nd base last night, wave to the fans and see himself on the Jumbotron.”  

Lobato said his favorite part of the game was “when I ran through the finish line,” but he admitted he was “pretty nervous” before taking to the field. He said he didn’t practice for the race, but said, “I just kind of ran.”  

“When I was about to run they took a picture of me and my dad,” he said. Lobato’s father Mark works at the Congressional Federal Credit Union, one of the game’s sponsors.  

Although Lobato doesn’t play baseball, he said, “I play lacrosse and football and in the summer I do swimming,” which explains his athletic ability.  

At the post-game reception, Lobato decided to gather autographs from Democrats and Republicans and the members of Congress graciously signed the young boy’s stolen base.  

Lobato said the game was a lot of fun and his favorite players were Democratic Reps. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana and Linda T. Sánchez of California.

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