Raul Ruiz taking the field in Congress’ annual baseball game

June 11th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz will play the infield Thursday when the Democrats and Republicans face off at Congress’ annual baseball game.

The Congressional Baseball Game, around since 1909, serves as a charity fundraiser for Washington Literacy Council, and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington.

It also serves as a friendlier faceoff between the two political parties.

Ruiz card“Every year, with a few interruptions, Senate and House members of each party team up to settle scores and solidify friendships off the floor and on the field,” the game’s official website states.

“Members usually sport the uniform of their home states and districts, and although proportional representation is not required, elected officials of many states play to win every year.”

Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, is planning to wear a replica of the No. 8 jersey that he wore when he played for Coachella Valley High School.

A rundown of the team rosters can be found here.

The website doesn’t specify the starting lineup. But Ruiz’s baseball card — yes, they have baseball cards made — says he will be playing the infield. It doesn’t specify which position.

Republicans have the better baseball record, winning 38 games to the Democrats’ 36 games. One game ended in a tie.

Thursday’s game will take place at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.

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