The MLB All-Star Game is still three weeks away, but there’s some good news if you’re looking for a rivalry in the sport of baseball that will distract you from the hometown team’s recent struggles. Since 1909, Congressional Democrats and Republicans have squared off in an annual midsummer classic of their own; this year’s contest will be held tonight at Nationals Park and plenty of tickets are still available. The all-time series has the Republicans holding a 38-33-1 edge of their Democratic counterparts, and this year marks the 49th year that Roll Call has sponsored the contest.
There’s one more reason to consider attending in the heat this evening: the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by the daughter of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, Rachel. Whether you work on the Hill or not, it is still one of those Only-In-D.C. events to get you excited about the week.