The Nationals were in Milwaukee on Thursday evening, kicking off a four-game series against the Brewers (they dropped the game, 6-5), but there was still baseball played at Nationals Park -- it was just played by people with a different sort of day job.
Thursday night featured the annual Congressional Baseball Game, with Democrats and Republicans facing off against each other for charity.
Sure, Bryce Harper and his 20 home runs weren't at the plate, but the game still drew a crowd …
And one VIP fan:
Also, the Ninja Turtles were there, for whatever reason.
Everyone in attendance was treated to the great baseball fundamentals on display, like bunting:
And a bit of small ball: According to Roll Call, Rep. Linda Sanchez, the lone woman on either roster, knocked a hit that moved the runner from second to third base in the sixth inning.
And even the 60-year-old Rep. Kevin Brady took some hacks.
Sen. Rand Paul was there, cheering on Republicans from the dugout:
And, of course, Rep. Cedric Richmond was on the mound for the Democrats -- who the New York Times called "The Babe Ruth of Congress."
The Democrats came into the game winners of six straight -- and they made it seven in row, topping the Republicans, 5-2. They're just one short of tying the Republicans' eight-year win streak from 2001-2008. And hey, at least the score was closer than the previous three years.