Baseball game rivalry consumes Moolenaar, Kildee
Washington — Two Michigan congressmen are wagering famous Michigan munchies on the outcome of this week’s Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.
The partisan matchup, Republicans v. Democrats, takes the members from Capitol Hill to Nationals Park for a 7:09 gametime Thursday.
U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, and freshman John Moolenaar, R-Midland, are representing Michigan in the lineup. They both also happen to be first basemen.
If the Republicans win, Kildee will send Moolenaar coney dogs from Angelo’s Famous Coney Island in Flint.
If the Democrats win, Moolenaar will give Kildee a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich from Tony’s Restaurant in Birch Run, which is stacked with a pound of bacon.
“I look forward to a Republican victory and having some coneys,” Moolenaar said in a statement.
The game gives Dems and the GOP “a different way to compete, all while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity,” said Kildee, who played in two previous congressional games.
“Democrats are ready for another victory this year, and I can’t wait to enjoy one of Tony’s legendary BLTs from Birch Run.”
House members organized the first congressional baseball game in 1909, according to the House Office of History and Preservation.
Democrats won the last six games from 2006-14. Republicans had a winning streak from 2001-07.
Proceeds from the game will benefit three charities: the Washington Literacy Council; the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington; and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.