Nationals

Metro to Nats Fans: You're Out!
Transit system won't lift late-night moratorium for playoff baseball

The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority issued its “SafeTrack” plan to improve reliability and safety in Washington’s public transit system. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Washington Metro can take Washington Nationals fans out to the ball game Thursday night, but leaving may be another matter. The agency is sticking to its plan not to provide late-night service as part of its 10-month maintenance overhaul.

Despite pressure from the District of Columbia Council, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said Wednesday it will not lift its late-night service moratorium to accommodate fans attending the Nationals playoff game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Games have tended to last close to four hours. Metro says most service will cease by 11:45 p.m. and one southbound train will be available after midnight.

10 Ways to Spend the Fourth in D.C.
HOH has your lineup of things to do

Fireworks over the National Mall for Fourth of July celebrations in 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Where else would you want to see fireworks besides the nation’s capital? On Monday, the National Park Service will launch fireworks from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at 9:09 p.m. for 17 ½ minutes. You can spot them from several places in the District and we suggest you find a rooftop nearby because the Mall gets extremely crowded.

Congress is gone but the Capitol is still celebrating. The annual ‘A Capitol Fourth ’ is a concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday. This year, Tom Bergeron from ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" is the host and performers include Smokey Robinson, Gavin DeGraw and Amber Riley. Special guests include former Secretary of state and retired Gen. Colin Powell, the National Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band. You can either go see the concert in person or watch it live on PBS.

Cedric Richmond: Congressional Baseball’s Best Player Ever?
“I like beating Republicans. Or at least attempting to beat them.”

Both sides of the aisle are in agreement on Louisiana Rep. Cedric L. Richmond's prowess on the mound. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana Democrat Cedric L. Richmond learned how to play America’s pastime at the age of five in Little League. He went on to play in high school, in college for Morehouse, and then at Nationals Park.

And, according to longtime GOP manager Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton, he’s the best player to ever play in the Congressional Baseball Game. Thursday’s game could be anyone’s game as Democrats are going for their eighth win in a row while Republicans are working to break their team’s losing streak.

Nats Max Scherzer Steps Up to the Plate with Senate Pals
Scherzer and his wife also got a tour of the Capitol

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer talks with Sen. John McCain, R_Ariz., left, in the Capitol after lunch with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Scherzer's wife Erica May-Scherzer, May 24, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When the Washington Nationals’ pitcher Max Scherzer and his wife wanted a tour of the Capitol, they called up their good friends: John McCain and Jeff Flake.  

The baseball player and Erica May-Scherzer live in Arizona for part of the year and met up with the state’s Senators for lunch followed by a tour.  

Take 5: Sen. Jon Tester
How a Montana boy became a Washington Nationals fan

Sen. Jon Tester shows off his farm on the desktop background on his computer screen. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana talks to Take 5 about farming, teaching and why he’s a Nationals fan.  

Q : You live on a farm . What are you working on for the spring?  

Roll Call Teams Up with D.C. Nationals
Roll Call Night at the Park offers discounts on games

In addition to joining Roll Call at Nationals games this year, you can always hang out with us during the annual congressional baseball game on June 23. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two longtime Washington institutions are teaming up for a classic D.C. summer activity. Roll Call readers can buy discounted tickets to Washington Nationals games as part of a new partnership called, “Roll Call Night at the Park .”  

For a series of games starting on Wednesday, readers can get $10 off the regular ticket price and an additional $10 credit to be spent in the stadium. The Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.  

Democrats Celebrate 7th Straight Baseball Win on House Floor (Video)

Doyle celebrated Democrats' 5-2 victory on the House floor Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Baseball Managers Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, and Mike Doyle, D-Pa., interrupted a series of votes Wednesday to once again bring the coveted Roll Call trophy to the House chamber, marking the Democrats' seventh-straight victory over the Republicans in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11. With the victory, Democrats now lead the all-time series by one game, 39-38-1.

In a break from decorum, the team managers addressed not only one another, but addressed other players by their first names on the floor. Barton commended his team’s effort and warned Doyle the GOP is “back."

Bill Pascrell Coaches Baseball (Video)
Pop Quiz: Roll Call Casualty or San Francisco Giant?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As it turns out, there are two competitions that matter to the District of Columbia this fall. On Friday at 3:07 p.m., the Washington Nationals take on the San Francisco Giants in their first playoff game.  

We figured it would be fun to test your knowledge on the Nats' competition and the Roll Call Casualty List, our list of members who will no longer be serving in their current capacity (and perhaps drawing an obvious-yet-friendly comparison between the two while we're at it).