WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama may have been a winner as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of this year's MLB All Star Game in St. Louis on Tuesday, but members of the White House staff fell short on the softball diamond Wednesday night in Washington, losing a heart-breaker to the Democratic National Committee. The final score of the slugfest: 18-17.
Obama for America Deputy Director Jeremy Bird celebrated his 31st birthday by hitting a three-run home run and making a game-saving diving catch as the DNC staved off a late-game White House rally to win the battle in extra innings.
OFA Special Projects Director Mark Beatty pitched a complete game for the DNC team despite walking with a limp after a sliding into home plate on a bang-bang play. "Not since (60s-70s era New York Knick star) Willis Reed has there been anything as inspirational as Beatty's performance," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton hit a home run for his squad, but Sevugan dismissed the hit as a fluke. "I think any neutral observer would score it a four-base error," he said.
"We're going to try for a rematch in August where we will not lose," a White House aide said.