June 9th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Washington's baseball diplomacy

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Washington (CNN) –It appears that the buzz over Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg's arrival has done more than restore faith in the ailing baseball club's ability to win big this season.

Strasburg's start was also the catalyst for a bipartisan moment on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

After briefly congratulating last night's Nevada Senate Republican primary winner Sharon Angle, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid praised Strasburg for his successful start.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell interjected that he was actually at the game and mirrored Reid's enthusiasm, adding, "We can only hope and pray that his arm holds up and that he has the kind of career that everyone is anticipating. There was literally an electricity in the air."

Reid responded that, "It was really, even watching it on TV, gee whiz... a remarkable performance. Really for Washington, which has been so starved for a good athletic team of some kind, it was nice."

When asked about the Washington Capitals, who have made the NHL playoffs for the past two years, Reid's office responded saying "There wasn't a lot of hockey growing up in Searchlight, Nevada. Nothing against the caps, but Senator Reid is a baseball fan at heart."

McConnell closed the discussion with a prediction of future bipartisanship, saying, "What one can conclude from this is next year when the Senate is not in session in the evening, both Democratic and Republican leaders will be at the Nats games."

Filed under: Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Same

    Washington's ball teams seem to operate about like our politicians that work there.Overpaid and ineffectual.

    June 9, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Remember the Alamo

    They better be at work. That is what taxpayers pay them for. And futhermore it will take them working 24 hours around the clock to undo all the damage the Muslim Obama is doing to destroy this country.

    June 9, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. one voice

    Only a few major league hitter has seen him pitch so this will soon be just another above average pitcher come next year. I wish Him the best of luck.

    June 9, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Naqib

    Shouldn't worry too much about Washington Mr. Reid... You won't need to go there come December

    June 9, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Really for Washington, which has been so starved for a good athletic team of some kind, it was nice."
    Washington is also starved for some good politics!

    Sorry couldn't help it, Reid opened that door, I had to walk throught it!

    June 9, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |