Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today, we're changing things up a bit, with a special section devoted to the Democrats third-consecutive win in last night's Congressional charity baseball game, much beloved by D.C.'s sportier smart setters. Non-baseball can skip to the full column after the jump.
- The star of this year's 8-2 win was Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, who played in college. Richmond had a no-hitter through five innings (Rep. Steve Pearce broke it up in the sixth) and went the distance for a seven-inning complete game. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate, and shared this Mighty Casey-esque moment after the game with a child, who Roll Call's Twitpic caption identifies as a "Dem batboy."
- Roll Call's game story notes that Washington Rep. Adam Smith "also was an offensive powerhouse" for Democrats, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. The same couldn't be said for Rand Paul, the only senator in the game, "who struck out looking in his only at bat."
- The win was especially sweet for the Democrats manager, Rep. Mike Doyle. According to the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog, Doyle "could be heard complaining that he lost two designated hitters and six starters" in last fall's midterms before a press conference Thursday afternoon.
- Yes, there were hecklers. Roll Call notes one bunch that turned up with "a poster of a tearful Boehner that read, 'There’s no crying in baseball.'" If anyone has a photo of this, please, pass it on.
- Debt ceiling antagonists Nancy Pelosi and Eric Cantor turned up at Nationals Park for the game, says ABC News, but there was no debt ceiling dealmaking between pitches. Pelosi "staked out a seat behind home plate," while Cantor "camped out in the Republican dugout."
- Democrats still trail the all-time time series 38 to 34 (there was also one tie), according to the game's official Web site.