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GOP Shows Off Congressional Baseball Trophy on House Floor

Managers Joe Barton and Mike Doyle trade jokes about the game's result

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton with the coveted Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Trophy. (C-SPAN screenshot)
Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton with the coveted Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Trophy. (C-SPAN screenshot)

Longtime Republican manager Rep. Joe L. Barton of Texas took bragging liberties on Tuesday when the coveted Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game trophy made an appearance on the House floor.  

“As you can tell by the piece of hardware to my right, for the first time in eight years, the Republicans won,” Barton said.  

“Which is something that we can be proud of,” he added.  

He yielded to Democratic manager Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania .  

“That trophy sure looks out of place on that side of the aisle,” Doyle added before congratulating the GOP team on winning the 55th annual game, 8-7, on June 23 at Nationals Park.  

Doyle said the baseball game raised $500,000 for its charities.  

“Enjoy that trophy in your office this year because it’s coming back to another office next year,” Doyle said to Barton.  

Republican team members were called on by Barton to stand up, earning a lukewarm round of applause and drowning out Doyle who was trying to get his Democratic team members to stand up at the same time. Doyle repeated his request after the applause.  

Barton then noted that baseball player Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona was in the chamber.  

The series is now tied 39-39.  

Katherine Scott and Amelia Frappolli contributed to this report.

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