Conservatives can only hope that last week’s Congressional Baseball Game is a harbinger of November’s congressional elections.
But the highlight of Republicans’ resounding 10-0 victory in the game had little to do with baseball, and more with the behavior of an ill-tempered, ill-mannered Democrat.
Halfway through the GOP’s rout, left-wing Rep. Linda Sanchez of California drew a walk. Once she was at first base, the Democrats’ sent in a pinch runner for Sanchez.
As she left the field for the dugout, Sanchez flipped off the Republicans. As a video of the incident showed, instead of going directly to her own side, she actually made a point of passing in front of the GOP team to deliver her partisan message.
The conservative website RedState has noted that Sanchez’s story has not held up.
On Friday, the day after the game, she alleged she responded to a sexist slur.
“The Congressional Baseball Game is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s a great cause and brings both sides of the aisle together for a night off from partisan politics. That is why it really struck a nerve when I heard an offensive and misogynistic comment from the Republican side on my way back to the dugout,” she said in a statement.
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“In the heat of the moment, I reacted. I have no tolerance for men who make women feel like they are unimportant or don’t belong – especially on the field. I will always stand against that kind of bigotry.”
Except for one thing. Sanchez declined to say which Republican player said the remark, refused to repeat what was said and then shifted her story when called out.
On Twitter, radio producer Corey Inganamort accused Sanchez of lying.
He noted that he spent the entire game in the GOP dugout and no one said anything like Sanchez alleged.
In fact, he added, “everybody was shocked” by Sanchez’s single-finger salute.
Later on Friday, Sanchez changed her story.
“It wasn’t the team. It was an obnoxious fan who shouts misogynistic s–t at me every single year,” she told NBC News. Yet she still refused to even say or paraphrase what that “s–t” was.
“I’m not going to dignify it with a response because it’s nasty and it’s crude, and it has no place at a charity baseball game.”
Yet, the nasty and crude gesture of flipping someone off somehow has a place at a charity baseball game.
Moreover, after Sanchez altered her dubious tale, she refused to apologize to the Republican man or men she shot the bird to.
Instead, she bizarrely blamed the Republicans’ women players.
“If the Republican women would have stood up and said that’s not acceptable instead of, you know, trashing me for my response, then we might have a place where there’s no misogyny that’s tolerated by anybody anywhere,” Sanchez told NBC.
Of course, it’s hard for GOP women to do that when no one actually said anything.