Members of Congress took home the trophy Wednesday night in the annual Congressional Women's Softball Game against the press corps. Former congresswoman Gabby Gifford's first pitch was among the highlights. (JulieAnn McKellogg and Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)


Did someone say jello shots?

After the lawmakers big win over the press at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball game Wednesday night, we overheard Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), ask, “Where are those jello shots?” Now I’m not sure whether she was referring to the spiked treats loved by “Jersey Shore” fans everywhere or, as someone in the hyped crowd suggested, “a vitamin C boost,” but one thing was clear: A party was going on.

With at least two defeats in a row under their elastic waistbands, the members team needed all the luck it could get at Wednesday night’s game against the “Bad News Babes,” the rival team composed of female members of Washington’s press corps. And that luck came in the form of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who, making a rare District cameo since leaving Congress in 2011, threw out the first ceremonial pitch.

Sure, it’s not about who wins or loses rather about raising money for the Young Survival Coalition, a non profit with the aim of increasing awareness of breast cancer in young women, but it was clear from the jump that the members wanted that trophy. They came out of the dugout strong from the first inning and never gave up the lead.

It was touch-and-go for a minute after team captain and game founder Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) tore her hamstring  running for second base mid-way through the night with the bases loaded. But Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the team’s youngest member, stepped in as Wasserman Schultz’s runner. After the team won, Sinema also served as Wasserman Schultz’s human crutch during the post-game interviews. Yes, there were actually post game interviews, but unfortunately nothing Richard Sherman-level. Maybe next year?

Adding to the major league feel were the VIPs in the stands. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was there along with minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) even got on the mic to give Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) a very tame shout out: “Let’s hear it for her.” Later Gillibrand was voted her team’s MVP and seemed sincerely excited about it. “My first ever MVP in my life. My whole life,” she said.

So about those jello shots.

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