Reflecting on the Legislative All Star Game With our Media Relations Specialist

September 7, 2017

Last night, Democrats and Republicans traded in their floor votes, political strategies and campaign analytics to don cleats and baseball gloves for the 15th annual Legislative All Star softball game at Raley Field. I was honored to call this time-honored gig from the announcer’s booth, and there was plenty of pre-game pomp, circumstance and bluster.

The Democrats were defending champs, having won the previous two games. Chants bellowed from the grandstands behind the GOP dugout while on the other side, a sea of blue fired back hoots and hollers of their own.

Both teams scored a run in the first, and traded haymakers through the fifth with the score tied at 6. I was impressed that some of these lawmakers can actually play the game.

Dem infielders Matt Dababneh and Kevin Mullin wowed the crowd with great defense, as did GOP counterparts Brian Dahle and Bill Brough. Brian Maienschein homered for the GOP in the second, and Rob Bonta and Freddie Rodriguez fueled a two-run rally in the third that gave the Democrats their only lead of the night, 6-5. But key hits by Maienschein, Jordan Cunningham, Chad Mayes and Marie Waldron led to four unanswered runs in the sixth and the GOP never looked back, winning the game 14-6.

I think I did OK at the mic, save for one embarrassing moment when I errantly announced Asm. Ian Calderon as Sen. Henry Stern. In a classy move that only an announcer can appreciate, Calderon graciously turned his back toward me and pointed to his shirt.

What’s really cool is that the game raised $71,500 for Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. It was a win for everyone.