Swalwell touts win in Congressional baseball game

Being among the youngest rookie members of Congress does have at least a few advantages.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, is proudly touting his role in helping Democrats defeat Republicans last night in the annual Congressional baseball game, a charity event that dates back to 1909. The game at Nationals Park was a 22-0 shutout, the Dems’ fifth consecutive win.

Swalwell’s office says he contributed with a single, three stolen bases and three runs scored, with only one resulting sore hip.

Swalwell“While we may not be able stop the GOP’s sequester, we certainly sequestered them last night on the field,” Swalwell said in a news release. “It was a fun night and a wonderful opportunity to raise money for good causes and build friendships with my colleagues on the team and across the aisle (or field).”

The game raised $300,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Literacy Center. The Democratic team practiced every session day at 7 a.m. for two months leading up to the game. The only other Bay Area lawmaker to participate was Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael.

Swalwell, 32, played outfield and wore the jersey of Tennyson High School in Hayward, which earned more than 300 votes in a Facebook contest he sponsored to determine the 15th Congressional District high school colors he would don.

“I promised to bring new energy to Congress and that pledge continued on the baseball field. I’m looking forward to make it six wins in a row in 2014,” Swalwell said. “Until practice begins next year, the next step is recovery.”

Recovery? Hey, Swalwell – THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

UPDATE @ 9:49 A.M.: It was just a few months ago that Swalwell’s predecessor, Pete Stark, sent out a campaign mailer blasting Swalwell as “a rookie” who wasn’t ready for “the big leagues.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    Brings to mind the only H of F member to serve in either house: the great Jim Bunning

  • JohnW


    Lots of strikeouts, no-hitters and a perfect game.

    Named by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the five worst senators (a bipartisan list of 2 Dems and 3 Repubs).

    35% approval rating in his state in 2009

    GOP leadership pushed him out of running for re-election in 2010.

    In 2008, the Lexington Herald Leader reported that his non-profit foundation had raised $504,000, paid out only 25% to charity and paid him a salary of $180,000 for working one hour per week.

    But he was indeed a great pitcher.

  • JAFO

    Nicely played, JohnW.