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Florida congressman hits big home run in charity game

Sarasota Republican Greg Steube led off with a home run.
Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, pitches during the Congressional baseball game at Nationals Park Wednesday.
Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, pitches during the Congressional baseball game at Nationals Park Wednesday. [ ALEX BRANDON | AP ]
Published Sep. 30

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, stepped to the plate in the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday night and stroked a home run to left field at Nationals Park in Washington.

On the C-SPAN broadcast, the announcers were taken aback by the Republican’s skills on the first pitch by Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.

“Wow, this is a long ball ...”

“Greg Steube with the first pitch and the first swing, it’s going to be a home run! Steube out of the ballpark! Into the left-field bleachers!”

“I believe that is the first out-of-the-park home run in this game in more than 40 years.”

Watch the video and you’ll see Steube break into a home run trot just after he passes first base.

The Republicans defeated the Democrats in the bipartisan matchup, 13-12. Steube made the last out, catching a pop-up. Go figure.